Sutton borough council is considering plans to introduce waste collection shifts which run in the early morning and mid evening, in order to drive down costs.
Under proposals being considered by the council, waste collection in the borough could move to a two shift system, where two crews operate on the same day, in order to reduce its £5m yearly waste collection programme by £1.25m.
One crew would operate the vehicle between 6am and 2pm, while the other could use the same vehicle between 2pm and 10pm .
Sutton Borough Council executive member for environment and climate change cllr Colin Hall said:
“Altering the shifts our crews operate could save up to £500,000 of taxpayers’ money a year without reducing the number of collections, the services provided or making any redundancies.”
The council has also promised to work with Unison to ensure that staff are fairly represented.
According to Sutton council a similar system is being used in Greenwich to collect recyclables in the morning and residual waste in the evening.