Allerdale council’s leader has issued an apology to residents across the borough who have been affected by the ongoing problems with waste and recycling collections.

In a statement, Councillor Marion Fitzgerald said: “On behalf of the council, I offer my unreserved apologies for the inconvenience caused by the issues we’ve seen lately with our waste collection services and the subsequent decision to suspend residential garden waste and recycling collections.

“It was a difficult decision, but was taken to allow crews to concentrate on collecting domestic waste as well as emptying the paper and card bins.

“These arrangements are temporary and we will continue working with FCC Environment, who collect the waste on our behalf, to bring about a longer-term solution with all collections restored to normal as soon as possible.”

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Coun Fitzgerald said that she was unable to comment further on the issues as the council seeks to resolve the problems with contractor FCC Environment.

There have been issues with the collection of domestic refuse and recycling since a new eight-year contract came into force at the start of April.

Tens of thousands of bins have not been emptied on time.