Managing your waste during Covid-19

We are working hard to maintain your waste and recycling services at this time. Here are some top tips for how you can help:

  1. Regularly check our coronavirus service updates page for any changes to waste and recycling collections, including what can and can’t be recycled.
  2. Check whether your Household Waste and Recycling Centres are open before making an unnecessary journey. Many sites are closed and those that are open have restrictions in place. Check if your local recycling centre is open on the Nottinghamshire County Council website (opens in new window).
  3. Don’t stop recycling. With the global economy disrupted, it’s more important than ever to recycle your paper, card, plastic, cans and glass to ensure that valuable resources are recycled and made into new products for people to buy.
  4. Avoid having a big clear-out while at home as this will only create more rubbish and recycling for our workers to collect. Please hold onto large items, such as furniture and mattresses until the outbreak has subsided and services return to normal.
  5. All charity shops are now closed so please do not leave donations on their doorsteps. But remember charity shops will be very grateful for donations once the crisis is over.
  6. Minimise the amount of rubbish, recycling and food waste you produce. Every bit we can reduce will make a real difference to maintaining a good collection service for everyone. Find tips for reducing food waste on the Love Food Hate Waste website (opens in new window), including how to store food correctly and using leftovers, making your food last longer and reducing the frequency you need to buy more food supplies.
  7. Please park your car responsibly and ensure your bin is out before 6am on the day of collection. Many more people are at home, and parked cars may restrict access to bins for our collection crews, making their job more difficult and increasing the likelihood that bins cannot be emptied.
  8. Do not burn your waste at home. This creates air pollution that could harm people nearby who may already have breathing difficulties. 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.
  9. When putting out your bins, there are a few things you can do to ensure you’re doing this as safely as possible:
  • If you’re self-isolating and feeling unwell, double-bag your personal waste (such as tissues) and put aside for at least 72 hours (3 days) before putting them out for collection.
  • Do not put tissues into your recycling as they cannot be recycled.
  • Disinfect your bag and bin handles before and after you touch them.
  • Keep your distance when our workers are collecting your waste and recycling.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after handling and disinfecting your bags and bin handles.
  • Put wipes, cloths, gloves, etc. used for cleaning your bags and bins into your non-recyclable waste bin, as these can’t be recycled.

Keep those in your household safe. Your collections staff are key workers, please keep them safe too.

For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit the the Government website (opens in new window).