The Lib Dems are demanding answers over a shortage of refuse lorry drivers in Gloucester.
Drivers of the bin trucks are leaving to get better paid jobs elsewhere – meaning the city’s residents are getting a worse service.
Local residents are complaining about missed collections as waste contractor Amey struggles to cope with demand.
A recent council report floated the idea of black bin collections going from every two weeks to every three weeks.
But this was rejected for now by the Conservative cabinet because recycling rates are not high enough – although has not been ruled out in the future.
The Lib Dems understand that the city council has asked Amey to review pay structures and give the drivers more money to stop them leaving.
Councillors have asked a series of questions to city council bosses about waste services in Gloucester.
Cllr. Howard Hyman (Lib Dem – Elmbridge) said:
“The last thing we want is Gloucester turning into Birmingham with Amey in dispute with its own staff, piles of uncollected black bags lining the streets and residents forced to take their rubbish to the tip.
“The Conservatives on the city council need to get a grip of this problem. We’ve been raising problems about the bin collections across Gloucester for some time now.”
Group leader Cllr. Jeremy Hilton (Lib Dem – Kingsholm & Wotton) agreed:
“The city council and Amey need to sit down together and sort this mess out.
“The Tory council needs to stop trying to extract every pound from the waste contract while Amey should pay the refuse lorry drivers a decent wage for what is a hard job otherwise the only winners here will be the rats, not the residents of Gloucester.”