Uttlesford District Council is unable to empty over 90,000 residents’ bins after having its waste operator’s license revoked due to an administrative issue.

The council has said that this issue will affect domestic, trade and garden waste collections.

This issue has arisen after a member of staff, who had the necessary qualifications, left the council. Because the council “did not properly regularise our position sufficiently”, they now need a new member of staff to gain the qualification.

A member of staff at Uttlesford has now “undertaken the required training and tests” and the council “have now had to submit a new application” for their license.

This issue with bin collections will affect 91,300 people, based on 2021 census data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Currently, Uttlesford “are not yet able to give a precise date for when your bins will be collected” but “are doing everything we can to resolve it as urgently as possible.”

The council further stated “that there has been no incident with the safety of our vehicles or their operation” but that it instead “is an administrative oversight by the council”.

In comments on an Uttlesford post on the issue, residents have called the incident “shambolic” and a “fiasco”.