At some recycling centres, there have been long queues of residents wanting to dispose of non-essential waste. This has caused instances of residents not adhering to the strict national guidance. Although the sites are being carefully managed, concerns around social distancing remain.
Cllr Judith Guthrie, cabinet member for environment and public protection, explained “Our front-line workers who continue to collect household waste and operate the community recycling centres are heroes, who are trying to maintain a sense of normality amidst a far-from-normal situation. Please, don’t use this as an opportunity to do a spring clean or throw out rubbish that you’ve been meaning to do for some time.
“Only visit the CRCs for essential purposes. For example, more people working from home means more cars on residential streets, making it sometimes difficult for our wagons to reach each household to collect and dispose of their waste. The CRCs can be used here, if essential, to dispose of waste that cannot safely be kept at home.
“We will be monitoring recycling centre use over the weekend. If the numbers of people using these facilities for non-essential purposes continues, we may have no choice but to consider closing them.
“Follow the clear national guidance, adhere to social distancing, remain at home by default and, above all, take care.”
Due to the government measures in place, spending more time at home means we’re all making more waste. To ensure less need for separate bags of waste from your normal bins, make sure you collapse waste fully by squishing boxes, cartons and plastic bottles.