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Dealing with waste during COVID-19

To protect householders and refuse collection staff, it is vitally important to practice good waste hygiene

Green bins

The best way to protect yourself and our bin crews is to collect and bag personal wastes such as used tissues or disposable cleaning cloths separately. Tie the bag tightly and place inside another waste bag. The second bag should be tied securely and placed aside for a minimum of 72 hours. The virus cannot live outside of the body after this period of time, so the bag can now be placed in your green bin as usual. Please remember to always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after handling any waste or touching your bin.

As per the  bin policy (PDF) [272KB] , when you present your green bin at the kerbside, make sure all the waste is contained securely within it, with the lid fully closed.

If you are struggling for space in your green bin, make sure you are fully utilising your brown food (and garden if you have a permit) bin and blue bin for dry mixed recycling. If you still have excess waste, then you will need to prioritise what should be collected, and what can be safely stored.

To do this, you may wish to put any odorous wastes such as nappies, sanitary products, food contaminated packaging or animal waste in your green bin. Items such as plastic film, polythene wrap, foil-line packaging, vacuum dust, etc can be bagged and stored. As these are dry and do not contain food or other odorous wastes, it is very unlikely they will attract pests such as mice, rats or seagulls.

The bag of dry wastes can then be disposed of at your local Recycling Centre once service resumes.

Last modified on 30 March 2020

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