More and more bin lorry drivers are quitting their jobs for higher paid jobs and can earn as much at £78,000 a year instead of their current salary of £25,000.
Brits are being warned that Christmas collections could be affected due to staff shortages and in some areas collections have either been delayed or suspended.
London, Devon, Cambridgeshire and Surrey councils have already been affected and the Environmental Services Association executive director Jacob Hayler said there is currently a 15% vacancy rate for drivers.
Devon has a 20% shortfall and the Guardian newspaper reported that last week Ribble Valley council in Lancashire said six out of 13 bin lorry drivers had quit.
Recycling Association chief executive Simon Ellin said, “The shortage of heavy goods drivers is having a profound impact.
“If you’re a driver you can go to the highest bidder and that is often the supermarket hauliers. It’s driving up costs for everyone.”
A Government spokesperson said, “We are moving to a high-wage, high-skilled economy and the government is encouraging all sectors to adapt and make employment more attractive to UK domestic workers through offering training, careers options and wage increases.”