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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

This is affecting us all at work and at home. We’re working hard to keep services running and will focus our efforts on the most critical elements. In doing so disruption to many services is likely.

Read our latest update

How residents can support our bin crews

Published Thursday, 09 April 2020

In the light of the challenges raised by COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Council is working hard to ensure our waste and recycling service continues with minimal disruption.

However, our Waste Collection team are asking for support from residents to help the service run smoothly.

As we approach the virus’ peak, it’s likely that staff shortages caused by sickness or parental leave will increase. This will in turn place more pressure on the service

To help the Council continue to deliver the service, our waste and recycling team are asking residents to support them by following these short tips:

  • Due to reduced traffic, collections time may change. Residents should put their bins out early and leave them out until they’ve been emptied.
  • Please be considerate when parking your car on a collection day, this will help to ensure the collection vehicles can access your road.
  • Residents should make sure their bin lids are firmly closed to help prevent crews unnecessarily touching them.
  • Residents must wash their hands before and after touching their bin.
  • Please pack any recycling into bins as much as possible to maximise space and only put bins out when they are full.
  • Do not overfill your bins. While time in social isolation might appear to be the perfect time to some spring cleaning, overflowing waste and excess bags of rubbish only serves to slow down our staff. This can mean that our collection staff have to come back on another day.
  • Please make sure that any waste that may transmit the virus, such as tissues are securely bagged and placed in your green lidded bin.
  • Please remember that garden waste collections are currently suspended. This decision will be reviewed after the Easter break. In the meantime, please do not put your brown lidded bin out for collection. Whilst this service is suspended, tips on home composting can be found on our website.

Cllr Patricia Hetherton, Cabinet Member for City Services said: “Our bin crews have been doing a fantastic job out on the frontlines during these challenging times. I know a lot of residents are really grateful to them and have been showing their support.”

“However, the best thing we can do to support them, is to help them do their job in an efficient and safe manner. By following these tips, you’ll go a long way to doing that.

“So please, be aware of how you’re filling your bins, be considerate of whether our crews can easily get into your street and please make sure you wash your hands”

For the latest updates and advice about waste collections please visit the Coventry Recycling club website.

If you or one of your household are self-isolating, the Government have released some advice on how to deal with your household waste. You can view it on their website.

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