Readers have been sharing their views on waste collection after a councillor expressed concern over the lack of availability of drivers to collect green and black bin waste.

Carlisle City Councillor Robert Betton claimed that the issue has been ongoing for a number of weeks and that he has had issues when discussing the subject with customer services.

Cllr Betton, who lives in Botcherby Ward North, said that a lot of people in his area have been affected.

Here's what you, the readers, had to say.

Michelle Deeley said: "Black bins Morton all left full on our street but black bins emptied and green bins left full on next street. What am I supposed to do with my full black bin?"

Brian Smith said: "I've just moved house so there's not really many places my bin can go now. Though, in my old property, the bin men would happily send me on a 10 mile merry dance to retrieve my bin."

Michael O'Neill said: "Never had a problem and they always take what we put out. Can’t fault them."

A spokesperson from the council said: "There is increased pressure on our waste and recycling teams at the moment. They are doing a great job and are continuing to work hard to maintain critical services. We have redeployed staff from other services, and we have taken on some agency staff.

"Our crews are collecting significant extra tonnages each day as there are still people working from home and eating out less, which increases their workload and requires additional trips to the tip. We are prioritising refuse then recycling then garden waste collections."

The council explain that there is a household waste recycling centre at Townfoot Industrial Estate in Brampton or Bousteads Grassing, Rome Street in Carlisle.

Alternatively, garden waste can be kept by the home owner until the next collection date.