Recycling and waste

With England currently in a national lockdown, our three recycling centres remain open for essential use only. Do not visit if you have symptoms of coronavirus.

There is a limit on the number of vehicles allowed on site at one time, so queues are likely. Restrictions are in place to ensure everyone’s safety. During your visit please follow the guidelines and all on-site signs.

You should only visit if it is essential and you cannot safely store waste or recycling at home. Limit travel and maximise your journey by:

  • storing waste at home if it is safe to do so
  • making full use of our kerbside services
  • filling your car to reduce the number of visits
  • being considerate and limiting use to allow everyone an opportunity to visit

Recycling centres

Make sure you have read all the guidance on our recycling centres page before you travel and follow all on-site signage.

How you can help us

Our crews are very busy at the moment. To help keep you and them safe, and to help the crews keep making their collections in good time, there are a few things you can do to help:

  • wash, squash and sort your recycling – this helps the crews empty your containers quicker
  • don’t leave tissues in your recycling boxes
  • wash your hands before and after putting your containers out or bringing them back in
  • park considerately – more people than usual are working from home which means more cars are parked in residential areas. If our vehicles can't get into your street, we can’t collect your recycling and waste
  • there’s more recycling than usual being put out for collection, especially cardboard – please fold it so it fits into your recycling box and consider holding some back for your next collection

Disposal of waste if you have, or might have, coronavirus

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.

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