WASTE collection services in parts of Oxfordshire are facing disruptions as workers pinged by the Government's Track nd Trace system are forced to self-isolate.

People in Vale of White Horse District Council are being advised that problems with bin collections will last 'a while longer'.

In a statement shared online, the council confirmed that the disruption is due to a shortage of HGV drivers needed to operate waste collection vehicles and an increasing number of waste collection staff having to to self-isolate.

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It added: "We are very sorry if your bins were not emptied as expected in the past couple of weeks.

"Our waste collection services are still facing some disruptions, and we are also sorry to say that we expect the disruption to continue for a while longer.

"As you are probably aware these are national issues, not just affecting us locally.

"The limited numbers of staff still able to work are doing their best to get to as many homes as they can, and have been working weekends to try and catch up – but as you can imagine, that job has been made all the more difficult with the extremely hot weather we have been experiencing."

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To rectify the disturbance, the local authority advised residents to leave their bins out for three days after the usual bin day if it was not collected last week, or if the bins are missed in the next couple of weeks.

While the counil normally does not collect extra black bin rubbish, if they are unable to collect them as a result of this disruption, peole can leave up to three black sacks’ worth out the next time it is due.