Household green waste collections will be suspended for a month across Middlesbrough to ease pressure amid the ongoing rise in Covid-19 cases.
The pause will take effect from Tuesday, July 27, and is due to pandemic-related staffing pressures within Middlesbrough Council's Waste Services team.
It is hoped the service will resume on Tuesday, August 31.
Councillor Barrie Cooper, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for Environment, Finance & Governance, said: "Covid cases are rising everywhere at the moment, and Teesside currently has some of the highest infection rates anywhere in the country.
"That's causing significant staff shortages, leaving us with no choice but to prioritise our weekly refuse collection and fortnightly kerbside recycling services.
"We hope to resume normal service at the end of August - we're keeping the situation under review and will provide updates whenever we can.
"In the meantime I'm grateful to all our residents for their patience and understanding, and apologise for any inconvenience."
Residents are also reminded that excess green waste can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Haverton Hill - appointments can be booked online.
For information and advice on recycling, check the recycling directory.