Councils across London, alongside all those who help collect and process our recycling and waste, are working hard together to provide the best possible service for you all, whilst we are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.
Waste and recycling crews are designated as essential front-line workers during the crisis, and they're continuing to do an amazing job in very difficult circumstances.
Our aim is to do everything we can to keep collecting your rubbish, recycling and food waste as often as possible, while protecting the health of all our workers and the general public. As most of us are now staying at home, our bins will most likely be filling up faster and this will put pressure on our recycling and waste services.
Tips and recycling centres across London started to re-open from Monday 11 May. Keep using your recycling and rubbish collections at home and check local arrangements before making any trips. For more info, check here.
Where there are staff shortages due to sickness, councils may need to make changes to services like garden waste collections and the removal of bulky items such as mattresses, white goods or furniture.
The situation is fluid and incredibly challenging, so we need your help to make sure the service can continue to be delivered as efficiently and safely as possible.
How you can help:
- Regularly check your local council's website for updates on types and frequencies of collections where you live;
- Try to reduce the amount of rubbish, recycling and food waste you produce. Every bit of waste you can avoid will help with maintaining a good service for everyone;
- Double-bag your rubbish and recycling if you're self-isolating and feeling ill. Government guidance is to keep your potentially-infected waste separate from other waste for 3 days;
- Throw disposable facemasks, gloves and any other PPE into your rubbish bin at home, not your recycling;
- Save your clear-out for later, or if you've already had one, store things at home for now. Although tips and recycling centres will be re-opening gradually from Monday 11 May, they are only re-opening for those whose health and safety may be compromised by the type of waste they have at home. Charity shops will be grateful for donations when they re-open;
- Maintain good hygiene when handling your rubbish and recycling and keep your distance when the crews are collecting your bins;
- As ever, don't fly tip or litter as this will put more strain on services and could impact the health of others
For the latest information and advice for your local area, check your local council's website: