North Somerset council is halting all garden waste collections between September 6th and 17th because of a national shortage of HGV drivers.

“Despite our best efforts to keep your garden waste collection service running as normally as possible over recent weeks, we have made the difficult decision today to suspend collections for at least the next two weeks,” said the council.

Recycling and black bin waste collections will continue as normal.

North Somerset notes that neighbouring councils suspended their services earlier in the summer, adding that it has been able to continue collections – with limited disruption – until now.

“We have now reached the point where the national shortage of HGV drivers means that we cannot continue to provide all services. We are working hard on doing what we can to fix the situation locally and will have a clearer picture on compensation for our customers and what we’ll do to mitigate further impacts within the next two weeks. We’re also lobbying government to resolve the national crisis.

“We are really sorry for the inconvenience this causes you and will be in touch again before your next garden waste collection is due with an update.

“Our recycling centres will be open as normal if you’re unable to store your garden waste at home. Home composting is also a good way to deal with any extra garden waste generated.”