Waste and Recycling
Waste and Recycyling
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, there may be changes to your usual recycling and waste collections in Essex. Precautions are being put in place to ensure Coronavirus is not spread via your waste and recycling.
How to get rid of your waste if you are either self-isolating or confirmed to have Coronavirus
Any individuals asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have Coronavirus, should follow this advice to get rid of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread via personal waste.
- Individuals should place all personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely in a plastic bag or bin liner.
- This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied.
- These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in the general rubbish collection.
After 72 hours outside the body the virus is no longer viable and the double bagged waste can be put in the general rubbish collection as normal. Only waste that is heavily contaminated, such as tissues that have been coughed in and disposable cleaning cloths need to be treated in this way. Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal.
Please note, individuals who are self-isolating should not visit any recycling centre.
Changes to recycling and waste services in Essex
Following careful consideration and Government guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken the difficult decision to close all Essex recycling centres until further notice.
The decision to close sites has not been taken lightly but it is essential to encourage residents to stay at home and limit the spread of Coronavirus.
If you were planning to visit a recycling centre, please hold on to the items you were planning to take until they are reopened. Do not place items such as DIY waste or recycling into your kerbside general rubbish collection. This will take up space in the collection vehicles needed for general household rubbish.
If you have garden waste to get rid of, you can always try home composting. It’s a great alternative and there are many ways to get started.
A Thank You to Our Collection Crews
The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to reduced resources across waste services in Essex.
Local councils, like us, are working hard to minimise disruption to residents. However, some councils have already made the decision to temporarily suspend elements of the waste service in order to maintain public health and safety. As a frontline service, refuse and recycling collection crews are unable to work from home. Despite the reduction in staff levels, they continue to work tirelessly to ensure a service is maintained for residents during this extraordinary time. Alongside other critical services these key workers are working hard on the frontline every day to ensure our bins, bags and boxes are collected.
Cllr Adrian Fluker, Leader of Maldon District Council; said: “I want to say a special thank you and extend my appreciation to each and every member of the Suez collection crew here in the Maldon District, for their effort and dedication to maintain vital services for our residents. We can all do our bit to support others in these unprecedented times. I know that some of us have even been putting messages of support in our windows to say thanks and let them know they are appreciated. We are asking all residents to be understanding and act responsibly during this time.”
Ways you can support your collection crews:
- Please maintain at least 2 meters and don’t approach collection crews
- Please do not put additional waste out for collection as we cannot collect this. If every household puts out more waste than usual and we picked this up, the collection vehicles would fill up quicker. This would result in some households not having their waste collected, as well as placing additional strain on collection crews
- Please continue to treat collection crews with respect
- Please place your bins, boxes and bags at the kerbside ready for your collection
- Please be mindful where you park your car on collection day. With more people at home, residential roads are busier with parked cars making it harder for collection vehicles to get through.
If you are self-isolating, either as a precaution or because you are confirmed to have Coronavirus (COVID-19), you should follow this advice:
- Double bag all personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely in plastic bags or bin liners.
- Store these bags separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before placing in your general rubbish collection.
- Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal.