PINK bin waste has gone up a fifth under lockdown conditions, figures from Rotherham Council have shown.
The level of general waste being collected across the borough has increased 19 per cent compared to last year.
More paper, card, glass, plastic and cans have also been picked up by RMBC compared to spring 2019.
Garden waste collections will resume on Monday and the council says it is aware of the backlog challenge.
Chief executive Sharon Kemp said: “We are very keen to make sure that we provide as much capacity as we possibly can for residents.
“We do understand that people will have been in their gardens in this nice weather, so that’s part of the thinking around the capacity that we need as we start to stand that service back up.”
Residents can put out their brown bins on the usual collection day from Monday but are asked to hold any extra garden waste until the following collection.
Cllr Emma Hoddinott, cabinet member for waste, said: “I’m extremely grateful to the staff who are able to support the waste services so that we can resume the garden waste collections.”
There were reports of threehour queues before police closed two household waste sites over congestion on March 27.
RMBC took the decision that same day to leave all four shut.
Talks are taking place with Barnsley and Doncaster councils to co-ordinate reopening — avoiding a situation in which residents flock to sites resuming service earlier than others.
A report to scrutiny board members last Tuesday said: “The council is identifying resources to manage traffic and working with partners, including the police, to ensure this can be done in a safe way”
The overall level of staff absence at the council has reduced to ten per cent.
Leader Cllr Chris Read said: “It was higher but as people have recovered or finished their period of isolation at home and are back in work again, that has come down.
“Clearly that has had an impact on some services, I think most notably from the public point of view around the garden waste service.
“At one stage, a third of our bin men were off work, either because they were ill or because they were shielding.”