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Belfast Lord Mayor pays tribute to frontline workers

31 Mar 2020
Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Daniel Baker has paid tribute to frontline staff who have been working to overcome operational challenges to ensure delivery of a waste collection service for residents.

Councillor Baker said: “We continue to review our service delivery daily and following the introduction of additional measures to enhance the protection of our refuse collectors, we are now in a position to deliver as near a normal waste collection service as possible in the current unprecedented circumstances. From Wednesday 1 April, normal collections will resume for black, brown and blue bins across the city.

“We must emphasise, however, that given the size and scale of Belfast’s waste collection service, the situation remains challenging, and our entire operation remains under daily review and is dependent on the ongoing impact of Covid19 on our own employees.”

Councillor Baker added: “Delivering our waste collection service has been possible due to staff from across the organisation being trained and redeployed to our frontline services. We have also fitted special screens in our bin lorry cabs to allow staff to practice social distancing, as directed by the government guidelines.

“We would like to thank residents for their continued support and patience as we try to minimise service disruption in these most challenging of circumstances.

“We would also ask that if possible, please share this update with neighbours who may not be online, either by text or phonecall – particularly those who are older or more vulnerable.”

Belfast City Council serves the largest geographical area out of all the 11 councils in Northern Ireland and has the largest population.

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Lord Mayor Daniel Baker