Bin collectors calling in sick have cost taxpayers nearly £155,000 in part of Staffordshire.
Latest figures show Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council's refuse collectors took 1,275 days off between April and the middle of November 2018.
The statistics were revealed at the authority’s economy, environment and place scrutiny committee.
Nearly 1,000 of the absences were down to long-term sickness, with more than £113,000 spent on the cost of cover.
Councillors were told the authority is looking at preventative measures like training around cleanliness and potentially flu jabs for staff.