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GUIDANCE ON DEALING WITH RUBBISH & WASTE IF YOU’RE SELF ISOLATING DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS

Lancashire have released a statement to all residents in the local area on how they should be dealing with their household waste amid the coronavirus outbreak. The guidelines have been put in to place to protect waste disposal teams who across the county.

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LANCASHIRE COUNCIL HAVE RELEASED A STATEMENT ON HOW LOCAL RESIDENTS SHOULD DEAL WITH THEIR HOUSEHOLD WASTE IF THEY ARE SELF ISOLATING

Lancashire County Council have released new guidelines today on how residents should be dealing with their waste; these guidelines are especially important for anyone who is self-isolating, either with suspected symptoms or a confirmed case of the coronavirus. While these guidelines are strongly appealing to those self-isolating, due to the fact many people can be ‘asymptomatic’ with the virus, the council have stated that it would be good practice for us all to follow the guidelines when dealing with our waste.

Here are the new guidelines for dealing with your household waste during this pandemic.

  • All household waste must be put in a plastic rubbish bag and securely tied
  • After the bag is sealed, secure the bag of rubbish in a second bin-liner and securely fasten the second bag
  • Please do not place your rubbish bag in the outside bin for at least three days before it is due to be collected
  • If you have rubbish that is ready to be placed into the outside bin but it’s not three days before collection, please put your rubbish bad in a suitable and secure place, preferably where animals or people can not access it. Only put the bag into your outside bin, at the earliest, three days before your bin collection date.
  • Do NOT take your household waste to local Household Waste & Recycling Centres, this may put workers or others at those centres, at risk of catching the virus.
  • Please try and ensure that all recyclable material has been washed, clean, dried and that rubbish bags are securely sealed; it is important to ensure that are no spillages or leakages in your bag.
  • Do NOT store your rubbish in communal areas or where others or animals can easily access it.

These measures have been put into place to keep everyone safe and ensure that the spread of the virus is stemmed. It’s important that the council keep their waste disposal teams safe and secure to insure as little disruption to waste collection as possible and to ensure the service continues to run as normal. This is why they’re asking all residents, if possible, to adhere to these guidelines.

In a statement, the cabinet member for StreetScene said:

These new measures are vital to ensure that we can all do what we can to protect ourselves and others from Covid-19.We understand that making changes to the way you handle your household waste while in isolation will be challenging, especially when you are already faced with other day-to-day challenges that isolation brings.

We’re doing this to make sure that we can continue our waste service and that our workforce can be protected. We thank you all for your understanding and co-operation.

Councillor Adrian Lowe - Chorley Council

While these guidelines are being enforced across South Ribble, Chorley and Wyre councils; it is probably best practice to adopt these behaviours now, with Covid19 spreading rapidly and without any sign of slowing down, it will not be long before the whole borough is having to comply with these guidelines.

This is one of the many reasons why, Lancashire County Council are asking residents of other areas in the county, such as Bacup & Rossendale, to also follow these guidelines.

In another statement, the cabinet member for the environment said:

This truly is an unprecedented situation that we find ourselves in.

We’re doing all we can to make sure our waste service is maintained through this difficult time – however, to do this, we must as a priority care for the welfare of our staff.

We really need resident’s support to be able to achieve this and we are urging all households who are self-isolating or individuals who are experiencing symptoms to take these measures on board.

We understand this is a difficult situation and storing your rubbish at times will not be ideal. Please have in mind that these measures are being taken in order to maintain the welfare of our staff and community and is helping to delay the spread of this virus.

Susan Jones - South Ribble Cabinet Member For Enviroment

At the time of writing this article, scheduled waste removals will continue to take place as normal across the county. The local Council are asking people to keep an eye on their website or social media channels to stay up to date on any changes or new information that may arise due to this rapidly changing and escalating situation.

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