GLASS collection in Southampton is being delayed due to a national driver's shortage.

Southampton City Council has said that due to the shortage, kerbside glass has not been collected in areas of Weston, Woolston and Sholing.

Now residents are being advised to remove their boxes from pavements until collections can be made.

The council added that it predicts the shortages will be affecting waste collections over the next coming weeks.

This comes after the council apologised last week for missing glass recycling collections in Aldermoor and Old Shirley which it also said was due to the shortage.

On July 12, a council spokesperson told the Daily Echo that the shortage is not Covid-19 related and is "simply down to general sickness".

But elsewhere, in Eastleigh, where waste and recycling collection services have also been affected, a borough council spokesperson said: "Across the country many organisations are being affected by the current Covid 19 situation in terms of the increase in staff having to self-isolate.

"Over the coming weeks this may result in some disruption to our front line services including our waste and recycling collection services."

Eastleigh Borough Council says it collects bins from around 12,000 homes per day but due to some of its collection crew having to self-isolate, this is expected to be affected.

The council spokesperson added: "Over the next few weeks we will be updating our missed bin webpage with latest updates to help keep you informed with up to date information.

"Residents are also reminded to ensure that their bins are numbered as this helps our crews identify the correct bins that have not been emptied."