BIN lorry drivers are being offered £3,000 bonuses to clear a backlog of rubbish as workers are made exempt from the Covid 'pingdemic'.
Rubbish has piled up in some places as up to 40 per cent of local authority workforces have had to isolate after being notified by the NHS Covid app.
Brits have been told to not put their bins out unless they're full and to cut down the amount of food they throw out in a bid to minimise the impact of the slashed workforce.
Three Rivers District Council in Hertfordshire has offered its 29 lorry drivers a salary bump of £3,000.
The money has been offered as an attempt to stop the drivers from changing jobs.
There is a shortage of specialist truck drivers in the UK - a situation which has been described as a "perfect storm".
The Road Haulage Association warned that there could be a 100,000 shortfall of lorry drivers.
Some councils, including Broxbourne and Hertfordshire, have even been training their office staff to go out on rubbish collections.
However using staff unfamiliar with the job had led to an increase in missed rubbish collections.
Many councils have stopped collecting 'green' rubbish such as garden waste and food to prioritise household refuse and recycling.
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South Cambridgeshire residents have been told that there will be disruptions to their bin collections.
Meanwhile people living in Milton Keynes were warned that green waste collections had been stopped altogether.
Serco, Milton Keynes council's subcontractor, said up to 28 per cent of its staff have had to self-isolate after being pinged by the NHS Covid app, while Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council said 40 per cent of its refuse staff have had to take time off work either through illness or having to isolate.
Binmen have been added to the list of key workers exempt from NHS test and trace isolation.
The move is aimed at keeping key public services running during the crippling pingdemic, which has seen piles of rubbish building up as binmen are forced to quarantine.
A million people were pinged by the NHS Covid app in just one week with pubs, factories, hospitals and airports being forced to shut because of mass staff isolations.
Fears of 1970s style scenes of garbage piled high on Britain’s streets mean binmen are now set to be included in the isolation swerving scheme.
Under new government plans those on the exempt list will now be given daily tests instead of having to isolate after coming into contact with a Covid victim.
Telecoms, pharmaceutical and prison staff will join binmen on the pingdemic exemption list.
Defence workers and power plant staff will also be able to dodge isolating.
Lorry drivers are also among the workers who are exempt from travel quarantine rules in a bid to keep Britain moving during the pandemic.
The majority of people arriving in England will be told to self-isolate at a specific address for 14 days to prevent coronavirus cases being introduced from overseas.
However, some jobs require frequent travel so to keep the economy moving, the government has eased restrictions for specific workers to allow them to continue moving smoothly between countries.
These include lorry drivers, pilots and postal workers whose job it is to transport international mail.