Collections during Bank Holiday

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South Derbyshire District Council is working hard to provide the best possible service during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Waste and recycling crews are designated key workers, and they are doing a fantastic job.

As most people are now staying at home, more household waste will put pressure on recycling and waste services.

The local Household Waste Recycling Centre at Bretby, managed by Derbyshire County Council, is now closed.

The situation is challenging and can change quickly. It’s up to us all to help.

You can help by doing this:

Check our website regularly for updates on types and frequencies of recycling and waste collections, including what can and can’t be recycled.

Not taking any waste and recycling to the local Household Waste Recycling Centre, or clothes and other items to charity shops or clothes banks.

Re-using or finding another use for things you might otherwise throw away – for instance, using plastic tubs with lids to store leftovers in the freezer, or cutting up old sheets and towels to use as dusters and cleaning cloths.

Minimising the amount of rubbish, recycling and food waste you produce. Every bit you can reduce will make a real difference in maintaining a good service for everyone. Find tips for reducing food waste here: www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

If you’re self-isolating and feeling ill, putting any potentially infected items like used tissues or cleaning cloths into separate plastic bags and double bagging them. These bags should then be put aside for at least 72 hours (three days) before they go into your external bin. For more information, see the Public Health England website: gov.uk/phe.

Avoiding doing big clear-outs while at home, which will create more rubbish and recycling for the Council’s crews to collect.

Not burning waste at home. This creates air pollution that could harm people nearby who may already have breathing difficulties due to COVID-19. There is also the danger that fires could get out of control; fire services around the country are reporting an increase in callouts due to garden fires.

Continuing to wash your hands regularly, maintaining good hygiene when handling your rubbish and recycling and keeping your distance when collection workers are doing their collections where you live.

When putting out bins you should:

  • Put bins out the evening before collection is scheduled.
  • Clean bin handles with disinfectant before and after collection.
  • Put wipes, cloths, gloves etc. used for cleaning into the general waste.

Although we are currently carrying out all bin collections as usual,  this may change throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Keep checking the council website to find out what will be collected, and please continue to recycle.

9 April 2020