REFUSE collectors across the UK are currently hard at work providing vital services.
It is essential that there are enough recycled materials such as paper, card, plastic bottles, metal cans and glass bottles and jars being sorted and processed to help keep the manufacture of packaging used for food, medicines and other supplies going.
We need everyone at home to do their bit to keep the supply chain flowing. Please continue to use your recycling containers, unless notified by your local council do to otherwise, and make sure you are recycling correctly and responsibly.
You can do this by doing the following:
- Please only put the correct recyclables in the correct recycling container or bin. This is of huge importance.
- Please put all tissues, kitchen roll, paper towels, hand wipes, nappies and sanitary products in your general waste bin not the recycling containers. These items cannot be recycled at any time using bins at home, but it’s even more important now to keep these out of the recycling container.
- If your general waste bin is full and you’re tempted to hide such waste in the recycling bin, please think again.
- Please don’t put food contaminated packaging or food waste in the recycling bin. This could cause what could have been recyclable material, to be spoilt by contamination. Instead you can put this in your container supplied specifically for food waste or in your general waste if you don’t have one.
- Check the stickers on the recycling containers to know what you can recycle. For more detailed information on what can go in your recycling containers check your local council’s website. If in doubt, leave it out.
- For people thought to be suffering from coronavirus all waste from that household should be put in a plastic rubbish bag and tied when full. The plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied. It should be put in a suitable and secure place and stored for 72 hours. After 72 hours your waste can be put out for general collection as normal.
You can find further advice here from Public Health England on disposing of personal waste.
After your containers have been emptied by your bin collectors the contents still needs to be sorted and processed by our key workers to provide raw materials for the supply chain.
Please think about what you are putting in your bins, we are all in this together.