In a written statement prepared for a full council meeting on 20th October, deputy leader Clyde Loakes claimed the spike in missed collections was seen “not just in Waltham Forest but nationally”.
Responding to a question from Conservative councillor Kay Isa, he wrote: “The national driver shortages and fuel shortages during summer 2021, coupled with the extreme weather this summer, has led to well-documented spikes of missed collections.
“The heatwave this summer impacted this primarily manual-based service significantly. It also coincided at the peak of the holiday season, when replacement crews were hard to come by, to help pick up the rounds that weren’t completed.
“However, following these incidents, we can clearly see the service improving again and missed bin numbers falling.
“Despite all of that, less than 0.2% of bins were not collected on their scheduled collection day in July when we experienced an extreme heatwave.
“We have managed this contract in a fiscally responsible way despite the economic challenges and inflation rises.”