A series of bin wagon breakdowns has disrupted waste collections to parts of South Tyneside.
Today, residents were discovering wheelie bins had not been emptied as crews struggled to complete rounds because of faulty vehicles.
People are being advised to continue putting their bins out on the normal collection day.
If the bin is not collected, are asked to place their bin out the following day.
A South Tyneside Council spokeswoman would not confirm the problem was caused by vehicle breakdowns but said: “We apologise for any inconvenience this is causing and hope to resume normal service as soon as possible.
“It is extremely regrettable that due to a number of factors the collection teams have not been able to operate a normal refuse collection service this week. We are doing our utmost to catch up with the outstanding collections with priority given to the blue recycling bin rounds affected.
“We aim to have those, and any outstanding green garden waste collections, completed by early next week.”
The blue bin areas affected include the following and will be collected tomorrow: Wellands Close; Wellands Drive;Wellands Court; Grotto Road; Fallow Road; Lizard Lane;Arthur Terrace; Lingside and Stanhope Road back lane one stretch
Delays to the green bin include Whiteleas, areas of East Boldon, Biddick Hall, Hebburn North/Quay, and other parts of Hebburn are most affected. These will be collected on Saturday and Sunday, with further properties collected on Monday.