Safe waste collection guidelines during the COVID-19 period

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Safe waste collection guidelines during the COVID-19 period

It’s very important to stop the spread of the virus, that includes going to extra lengths when putting out your bin

National waste collections agency spokesperson Mark Hall has the following statement.

“I can assure you that your recycling and refuse collection staff are working as normal and there will be no disruption to waste collections. We understand that refuse collection is a high priority service and we will do everything possible to keep it going whatever the circumstances.”

“We fully understand the need to increased public health during this period and we are aware If waste is not collected, we will have consequences like increased risk of pests, fires or the spreading of other diseases. This is a situation we must work actively to avoid.”

“For the safety of our bin collectors we do advise that extra precautions are taken when disposing of your rubbish. Wherever it is possible please make sure that your waste is disposed of in sealed bags and that your lid is firmly closed.”

For people suffering with symptoms associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) or self-isolating at home there are Public Health England guidelines regarding the disposal of waste.

“This includes sealing personal waste such as tissues and disposable cleaning cloths in smaller plastic bags and storing them for 72 hours before putting them in a black bag which goes in the general waste bin.”

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

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Spokesperson Mark Hall is available for comment.

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