• dilapidated bin lorries not replaced despite pleas to make it a priority
  • too few small bin lorries to collect rubbish from narrow and side streets, causing a backlog
  • too few "grade 3" workers - senior members of staff who have to be part of each bin crew - so huge problems will emerge during holiday season which could mean crews are grounded
  • inadequate standard of refuse vehicles, with calls for replacement vehicles so far going unheeded
  • reliance on 'garden crews' who are able to perform waste collection duties in the off season but will be assigned to garden roles from April
  • loss of local knowledge of crews by switching their routes around
  • majority of bin workers "unhappy" with five day week working regime, causing poor morale
  • digital route system failing to update with new housing developments, meaning some homes are regularly missed

Coun Mahmood predicted the working regime introduced at the end of the 2017 strike through a legally binding order was "critically flawed" and "doomed to fail".

Bins workers are "convinced" the council plans to outsource waste collection and "wants it to fail", he claimed.