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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice to local authorities on prioritising waste collections

A guide to help waste collectors prioritise their collection services during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes managing household waste recycling centres.

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Guidance for local authorities and other waste collectors on prioritising their waste collection services during the coronavirus pandemic. Local authorities are encouraged to maintain waste collection services as much as possible.

This is non-statutory guidance to assist local authorities to maintain services during the period affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Waste collection is a devolved policy. This guidance applies to English local authorities only.

Published 7 April 2020
Last updated 3 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated the guidance on HWRCs to reflect that there are no restrictions on taking journeys to local HWRCs to dispose of waste.

  2. Added guidance that employees should arrange a test if they have symptoms of coronavirus.

  3. Updated the document: Managing Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to reflect changes to the rules on necessary journeys.

  4. Added the document "Managing Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic".

  5. First published.