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Recycling and waste services during the COVID-19 crisis 

Councils and waste disposal authorities and all who collect and process our recycling and waste in the capital, are working hard to provide the best service through the COVID-19 crisis.

Published: Friday, 27th March 2020

Recycling collection

In Hounslow, our aim is to do everything we can to keep the streets clean, keep collecting your rubbish and make sure your recycling bins continue to be emptied as often as possible, while protecting the health of all our workers – designated as essential front-line workers during the crisis – as well as the general public. But as most of us are now staying at home, it seems likely that this will create more household waste and put pressure on our recycling and waste services. 

 We continue to run all of our refuse and recycling collections, but we have closed SpaceWaye, our civic amenity site to the public. Our bulky waste service will remain in place.  If we do experience high levels of staff shortages due to sickness we will need to change our approach, but we will inform you if and when this happens. 

 Cllr Guy Lambert is encouraging all residents to help by: 

  • Try to minimise the amount of rubbish, recycling and food waste you produce. Every bit you can reduce will make a real difference to maintaining a good service for everyone.  
  • Check what can and can’t be recycled in your collections on our website  
  • If you’re self-isolating and feeling ill, put any potentially infected items like used tissues or cleaning cloths into separate plastic bags and double-bag them. These bags should then be put aside for at least 72 hours (3 days) before you put them out into your external bin 
  • Avoid doing big clear-outs while at home, which will create more rubbish and recycling for council crews to collect – and please hold onto large items such as furniture, mattresses etc. until the outbreak has subsided  
  • Maintain good hygiene when handling your rubbish and recycling, and keep your distance when the workers are doing their collections where you live 

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