New campaign to help Scots manage waste during pandemic

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
The campaign comes as some Scottish waste and recycling collection services have been disrupted during the coronavirus pandemic

Four organisations have launched an information hub to help people in Scotland manage their waste during the coronavirus pandemic.

managingyourwaste.scot, created by Zero Waste Scotland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), and the Scottish government, seeks to raise awareness of changes to local waste collections, offer guidance to householders and businesses, and provide directions to up-to-date information.

Among the advice given is to double-bag any waste potentially contaminated with Covid-19, keep it separate from other waste, and put it aside for at least 72 hours before it is put out for collection.

Zero Waste Scotland has also suggested people try home composting to cut down on food waste in bins, and ‘wash and squash’ waste, so that there is less contamination in bins and they are filled up as much as possible,

Householders are advised to keep items at home until recycling centres reopen, and reminded that clearing up after fly-tippers costs the taxpayer.

The campaign comes as some waste and recycling collection services in Scotland have been disrupted during the coronavirus pandemic.

Roseanna Cunningham, environment and climate change secretary, said: “We owe a massive thank you to all those in the waste industry who are working hard to keep services running in challenging circumstances.

“While they do their best for us it’s vitally important that we do what we can to help them by following the advice on properly dealing with and reducing waste.

“The new campaign website offers lots of safe ways to help people avoid waste and protect the environment.

“This includes instructions on safe disposal of certain items and on keeping large items at home until recycling centres open because fly-tipping is not acceptable.

“We all have to make necessary changes to help limit the spread of the virus.

“By following this advice, we can help those who are working hard to keep our services running.”


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