Bin collections to continue

Written by: Madeleine Ballard | Published:
The sector has promised that "any disruption to recycling services will be a last resort"

​Bins will continue to be collected in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, the UK’s waste and resources sector has confirmed this week.

A detailed statement was coordinated by the Environmental Services Agency and representing the country’s largest private waste management companies and industry and local government bodies.

“For the time being, many household recycling and waste collections are operating normally and everyone should continue to reduce, re-use, and recycle as much of their waste as possible,” it reads.

“Your local council is ultimately responsible for recycling and waste services, so please follow all of the guidance they provide so that we can keep these vital services moving efficiently.”

The statement also urges the public to follow government advice if they have been feeling ill, by double-bagging their rubbish and waiting 72 hours before putting it out for collection.

It goes on to note that as household waste collections are a priority, some non-essential services might be reduced, such as garden and bulky waste collection.

However, it asserts a commitment to ongoing sustainability goals.

“Any disruption to recycling services will be a last resort,” it notes.

“If this is unavoidable, we must not allow it to break our national recycling habit in the long term.”

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