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Waste collection services update - impacts of COVID-19

  • most household collection services are operating on the normal collection dates, although a small number of recycling and organic waste collections may take place on the following day as crews catch up outstanding work.  Please wait until the day after your normal collection before reporting a missed collection
  • please help by making sure you put the right waste into the right bin.  Clean recyclable material must go into the recycling bin (please flatten large items to take up less space) but these bins cannot be used for general waste.  It will take longer than usual to clear contaminated recycling bins
  • the bulky waste collection service is currently suspended, but completion of overdue collections is expected to start in the week commencing 25 January 2021
  • the recycling centre remains open but you will need to book an appointment.  Please check our website for COVID-19 precautions that are in place

You can find out more details of impacts and changes to services on the waste collection services  update page. 

Request household waste bins or bags

The Council has suspended waste container deliveries until further notice, due to reduced staffing levels as a result of sickness absence, and the need to use our available staff to prioritise the most important waste collection services.  This will delay provision of new bins and bags for all collection services. 

We will restore the service as soon as possible, and will provide updates on our website as the situation changes.  We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause, and will aim to prioritise existing requests in the coming weeks, where resources are available.  If you have previously made a request for delivery of bins or bags, this may take longer than usual before we re able to make your delivery. You can find regular updates on waste services on our coronavirus waste collections page.

We can prioritise a small number of deliveries for new properties or other obviously urgent needs, but will not replace damaged containers that can still be used, until deliveries are resumed.  If you have an urgent need for a container, please send an email to with details of why your request is urgent.

Page last updated: 14 January 2021

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