Waste collection & coronavirus

16th April 2020

As more people stay at home, our caretakers are noticing an increase in waste - particularly bulky items being left in the communal areas and bin rooms. Although it can be tempting, please don't use this time to have a clear out - please help us by holding onto unwanted items in your homes until the government restrictions are lifted and recycling centres have reopened.

 Richmond Council is asking residents to:

• Leave waste and recycling ready for collection from 8pm the night before and no later than 6am on your collection day.

• Leave waste and recycling within the front boundary of your property i.e. where your front path or drive meets the road or pavement. If you have sufficient outside space, please store and present your black bag within a dustbin.

• Please separate food waste and close the food caddy securely

• Avoid big clear-outs which create more rubbish and recycling for crews to collect. Please hold onto larger items like furniture or mattresses until the outbreak has subsided and do not dispose of any type of waste on a bonfire as the smoke causes air pollution and can have negative health effects for people living nearby.

• 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 before they are put in external bins. If using a street litter bin, please make sure tissues are securely bagged up.

• Try to minimise the amount of rubbish, recycling and food waste you produce.

• Continue to wash your hands regularly, maintaining good hygiene when handling your rubbish and recycling and keeping your distance when the workers are doing their collections.

• Check carefully about what can and can’t be recycled in your collections.

• Regularly check your council’s website or social media channels like Twitter and Facebook for updates on waste and recycling collections.

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