Recycling and waste information

Last updated 1.35pm Friday 3 April 

What you need to do

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • Stay two metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms. There’s full guidance on staying at home and away from others, including the only reasons why you should leave your home, on the government website:

go to government guidance

Our recycling centres are closed until further notice.

All household collections of recycling, food waste and garden waste are continuing.

We’re having to prioritise collecting general waste and recycling. This means we’re not able to collect all garden waste. If you’ve been due a garden waste collection and haven’t had one, please take your green bin(s) back in and put it back out on your next scheduled garden waste collection day. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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 more quickly
  • don’t leave tissues in your recycling boxes
  • wash your hands before and after putting your containers out or bringing them back in – use soap and water and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • park considerately – obviously many more people than usual are working from home (thank you!) which means there are more cars parked up in residential areas – please make sure there’s space for our vehicles to get through – if we can’t, then we can’t collect your recycling and waste
  • there’s more recycling than usual being put out for collection – thank you for still recycling in the current situation. In particular there’s a lot of cardboard – please fold it so it fits into your recycling box and consider holding some over for the next collection. Plus cardboard can be great to use in home school arts and crafts!

Disposal of waste if you have or might have coronavirus

Waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely with 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.

There’s more advice for people staying home because they have or might have coronavirus, on the gov.uk website

go to advice for staying at home

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