Covid-19: Waste and Recycling Services

If you have suspected or confirmed Coronavirus and are self-isolating, you need to double bag your used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths and wait 72 hours before putting it out for collection. For more information visit our page here.

Our Household Recycling Centres are still open as normal, although bookings are required.

To book or for further details, visit our HRC Bookings page. Social distancing is required on site.

Top tips for reducing your plastics

Reducing your use of plastic may seem like a minefield - luckily, we've come up with some handy tips to help reduce your plastic usage.

  • Remember to take your own bags to the supermarket – they can be re-used multiple times and plastic carrier bags can be recycled at many supermarket collection points if you’re no longer able to use them
  • Many brands and retailers offer refill options for popular items such as cleaning products and laundry detergents – and remember to recycle the refills if you can
  • Stores that sell items without plastic packaging are becoming increasingly popular – check out if there are any in your area
  • Buy and continue to use your re-useable lunch box, hot drinks cup and drinks bottle – many retailers now offer money off incentives and refill options (subject to Covid restrictions)
  • Reduce use of cling film by using a plate on top of a bowl in the microwave and fridge
  • Say no to straws! If you are a real straw fanatic, bring your own stainless steel or glass straw and whip it out whenever you sit down for a refreshing drink on the go
  • We dispose of billions of coffee cups every year (mostly unrecyclable). Considering the massive environmental impact they have and how easy a swap it is, there is no excuse to not bring your own reusable cup!
  • Buying water in plastic bottles is expensive and the resources needed to make the bottle are not good for the environment. There are thousands of different reusable bottles out there – just search around to find one you like!
  • Always carry a reusable bag wherever you go. You never know when you might need it!

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