Coronavirus in Norfolk: Council postpones garden waste collection to prioritise other services

Recycling centres have been closed by Kent County Council

Recycling centres have been closed by Kent County Council

Afton March household waste recyling centre to the public.

The council has said that all kerbside collections of rubbish and recycling will continue as normal.

'We want to keep our usual kerbside waste collections going for as long as possible, but we're anticipating challenges in resourcing this service as the coronavirus situation continues and are prepared to make changes if the system starts to strain.

In Sheffield, Veolia has temporarily stopped green waste collections and warned other bin services may be disrupted as staff self-isolated.

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In East Sussex the 10 household recycling sites will close by the end of Monday.

Other recycling and waste can be disposed of as normal.

"People should hold onto bulky items such as furniture, wood and metals as well as garden waste until the sites reopen", Suffolk County Council said.

Cllr Andrew Lee, executive member for waste management, told residents to hang on to bulky waste until the sites reopen.

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The council have stressed that kerbside collection of general rubbish bins and green recycling bins will be uninterrupted - and residents are asked to put out their bins as they normally would.

Penny Carpenter, chairman of the environment committee, said: "During this challenging time for everyone, it is important we resource our most important services".

'However, with people cooking and eating more if not all of their meals at home as we become a nation of home-workers and home-schoolers, we would expect to see a rise in food waste collected from households in the coming weeks'.

The statement said anyone who feels ill at home, whether or not they are diagnosed with Covid-19, should place all their waste in the general rubbish bin, double-bag it and wait at least 72 hours before placing it out for collection.

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This is so they can prioritise the collection of general and household waste, which is building up as people commit to lockdown. However, due to staff shortages, the council is warning that it may need to suspend some services at short notice.

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