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Rubbish and recycling: coronavirus update

Weekly rubbish bin collections

Your weekly collections will continue. There have been some changes to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Rubbish bin collections are run by your district, borough or city council. Contact them for more information about how bin collections have changed.

Recycling centres

All Norfolk recycling centres are now closed until further notice due to coronavirus.

The safety of customers and staff is very important, therefore in accordance with current government coronavirus guidelines of avoiding non-essential contact and preventing a risk of infection to others, the sites will be closed. It is essential that we do all we can to slow down the spread of the virus. 

Bulky items and garden waste

Much of the waste that goes through the recycling centres is bulky waste (large items such as furniture, wood and metals) and garden waste. People should hold onto these items until the sites reopen. Do not put any electrical items in any of your bins at home. 

Where possible you should compost grass cuttings and hedge trimmings. If you can’t do that keep your garden waste until we reopen. 

Please do not leave any waste outside the recycling centres – leaving waste outside the centres or anywhere else is classed as fly tipping and is a criminal offence for which people will be prosecuted.  

Recycling centre closures information

Disposal of waste

If you have been isolating due to a suspected case of coronavirus it is important that you dispose of your waste differently to help avoid the spread of the virus.

Personal waste (such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths) should be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. Please put them aside for at least 72 hours before placing them in your usual external household waste bin.

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal. 

Waste should be stored safely and kept away from children. If you live in a building with communal waste areas you should store your waste in the way detailed above for at least 72 hours before putting the bags in the communal area. 

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