RECYCLING and waste collection teams were involved in two collisions in one week amid concern the service is becoming 'increasingly stretched'.

Copeland Borough Council said their recycling and waste collection teams are struggling under the new lockdown and difficult road conditions after experiencing two collisions in one week due to the wintry weather.

It is reminding the public that they may not be able to pick up missed collections and 'safety is priority'.

A spokesman said: "We want to let you know that, if road conditions are not safe, we may not be able to return to pick up missed collections. Our crews were involved in two collisions this week due to the winter conditions, and their safety is our priority.

"If we don’t get to your collection, and can’t return, we will take up to four additional bags of waste at your next collection.

"If we miss collections and the weather doesn’t prevent us returning, we will try to get back within 48 hours."