Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and advice:

All Recycling Centres are closed


Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)

If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times

Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

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Coronavirus: Bin collections and Recycling Centres

Coronavirus: Bin collections and Recycling Centres

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, we are seeing an impact on local council bin collections too as well as the closure of all Recycling Centres, following this week’s social distancing guidelines.

All councils are working hard to ensure that your bins are emptied despite of staff shortages due to self-isolation. Staff are also providing support to council to ensure general waste bins are emptied.

To keep up to date with bin collection, please check your local council website.

Keep your bin crew safe

You can help us protect the bin collection crew by following the Guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

Minimise your waste

Garden waste

Before you do any gardening, check  your garden waste is being collected by your council first. You can also try composting at home instead.

DIY and clear outs

Avoid doing large DIY projects or clear outs unless you have space to store your waste.

Make the most of the space in your bin

Make space in your bin by squeezing air out of your bin bags, you can also flatten and squash your rubbish too.

How to safely store waste and recycling

• Check your local council’s website for updates on your bin collections
• Keep your bins in a secure place, at least one metre away from your property
• Avoid storing your bins under covered areas, such as porches
• Don’t overfill your bins or leave loose rubbish around them
• Never put batteries or electrical items in your bins – store them safely at home until the Recycling Centres reopen
• Only put your bins out on collection days and bring them in once they’ve been emptied
• If you have extra rubbish while the Recycling Centres are closed, store it securely in a shed or a garage if possible, or in a neat pile at least one metre away from your property

Advice for people living in flats and high-rise properties

• Always dispose of your rubbish according to the building arrangements
• Where you have a communal bin room use it but stay 2 metres away from neighbours
• Rubbish should never be stored in corridors, stairs or hallways
• Do not store flammable materials like gas on your balcony
• Reduce clutter and keep items on the balcony to a minimum
• If you smoke, make sure you stub cigarettes out properly and never flick them off your balcony
• Never put batteries or electrical items in your own bin or communal bins

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