Council issues guidance on waste services during coronavirus outbreak

Eloise Marshall
March 25, 2020

Rochdale council has confirmed regular bin collections will be taking place as planned.

"We are all grateful to the drivers and team members who are working around the clock to make sure that essential services are maintained safely at this time", she says.

Keep this waste separate from other waste in the room/household in which you are self-isolating. Do not hand your rubbish to an unlicensed waste carrier for disposal.

Much of the waste that goes through the recycling centres is bulky waste (large items such as furniture, wood and metals) and garden waste. You should not however compress rubbish in black bags, your black wheelie bin or authorised blue sack.

"This means we will be stopping all brown garden waste bins, glass collections and food waste caddies from this week".

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They added that, while it is tempting to do DIY projects while following the government's advice to stay at home, they urged people to avoid creating unnecessary waste until tips can reopen.

The council said: "Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths should 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 out for collection on your next collection day".

Household on-property inorganics collections beginning 26 March onwards have been postponed for the lockdown period. Visits to HRCs are not covered in the list of reasons for people to leave their homes.

"We want to keep our usual kerbside waste collections going for as long as possible, but we're anticipating challenges in resourcing this service as the coronavirus situation continues and are prepared to make changes if the system starts to strain".

"We wish to remind people that we have limited capacity in our collection vehicles and so we need residents to help".

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