Bin collections have been delayed in Coventry after a group of protesters blocked the entrance to Tom White Waste in Coventry. Private firm Tom White Waste has been brought in to collect bins amid the ongoing bin strike by council-employed bin lorry drivers which started at the beginning of the year

A statement by Coventry City Council read: “Following a protest that illegally blocked the entrance to the Tom White Waste depot this morning, all of our collection rounds are running late today. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the actions of this small group of people acting outside of the law.

“If your bin is not collected please leave it out and we will return as soon as possible. The council is now considering all of its legal and enforcement options – as this is unacceptable and intolerable behaviour.

“These actions are totally contrary to the legitimacy of local democratic process that we have seen exercised in the city in the last 24 hours.” A Unite spokesman said they believed that it was a number of ‘local activists’ who took part in the protest, but one campaigner has stressed that the action is not illegal.

Unite and Tom White Waste have been contacted for a comment.

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