A work stoppage at the Woodstock Collections Depot last week is the reason behind the latest refuse backlog. Mayco member for water and waste, Xanthea Limberg, says they are aware of the current refuse collection backlog in areas that are serviced by the Woodstock collections depot. The delays relate to personal protective equipment (PPE) which, Limberg says, is being addressed. In a communication sent to the Rondebosch Community Improvement District (RCID) on Tuesday 5 May, Limberg said the concerns of staff at the depot included the limited availability of necessary PPE, the need for cleaning and sanitising the depot and vehicles, and demands for screening and thermometers for monitoring staff at work. “Today the staff have not reported for duty. This had resulted in two days of backlog,” the communication read.Limberg asks residents to bear with the City. Residents who live in Bishopscourt, Brooklyn, Century City, CBD, Claremont, Dunoon, Factreton, Gardens, Harfield Village, Joe Slovo, Kenilworth, Kensington, Kenwyn Killarney Gardens, Koeberg, Langa, Lansdowne, Maitland, Milnerton Ridge, Milnerton, Newlands, Phoenix, Pinelands, Rondebosch, Royal Ascot, Rugby, Sanddrift, Sea Point, Summer Greens, Tamboerskloof, Thornton, Tygerhof, Upper Kenilworth, Upper Newlands, West Beach, Woodstock and Ysterplaat are affected. Residents are requested to bring their bins out by 06:30 and leave them outside until 20:00 (even on weekends), until collected.Do not resort to illegal dumping if collection delays cause refuse to build-up to the point where it cannot fit in the wheelie bins.Residents must practice social distancing and not approach staff members.Call 0860 103 089 or go to https://eservices1.capetown.gov.za/coct/wapl/zsreq_app/index.html to submit service requests. Note the reference number.