Tips are closed but bin collections will keep running for now

Tips are closed but bin collections will keep running for now

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:28am 26th March 2020.

Dorset Council's closed all of its household recycling centres (HRCs or 'the tip') until further notice.

The local authority are complying with the latest government rules for us to stay at home during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With people staying at home all day household waste is expected to increase.

The Council are reminding us that there is limited capacity in their collection vehicles and at waste transfer stations, so they are asking for our help.

Normal bin collections will continue for the time being.

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The authority plan to keep this service in place, but there are things we can do to help.

They are:

  • If you have symptoms of the Coronavirus, make sure your waste of double-bagged, especially if they contain cleaning cloths and tissues. Store it safely for 72 hours before placing it in the black wheelie bin or authorised blue sack. 
  • Do not create excess waste that will need to be taken to the tip. (This includes gardening, large DIY jobs or house clearances. If you do have excess waste, keep it stored safely until the tip reopens.) Do not hand your rubbish to an unlicensed waste carrier for disposal.
  • Continue to keep rubbish and recycling separated.
  • Try to minimise the amount of waste your household produces.
  • Create more space in your recycling bin by squashing and flattening items. (Do not compress rubbish in black bags, wheelie bins or authorised blue sacks. Do not squash waste down into wheelie bins as this can prevent it falling out during the emptying process.)
  • Do not put your glass box out for collection until it is full.
  • Park sensibly, as there are more people at home, which has led to more cars being parked outside. Make sure there is enough room left for larger vehicles to pass.
  • If your collection has been missed, please check the Dorset Council's disruption page on the coronavirus section of the website before reporting. Service updates and instructions on what do with your bins can be found there.
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Councillor Tony Alford is Dorset Council's portfolio holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services said: 

"We understand that the closure of our household recycling centres will place pressure on our kerbside services, but we have to follow central government public health measures. 

"We want to keep our usual kerbside waste collections going for as long as possible, but we're anticipating challenges in resourcing this service as the coronavirus situation continues and are prepared to make changes if the system starts to strain.

"To help avoid this, Dorset residents should recycle correctly, minimise the waste they produce and observe health guidance if they have symptoms of COVID-19. 

"I want to thank everyone for playing their part in helping us keep these vital services going and to our front-line workers who are working hard to ensure everyone's waste continues to be dealt with safely and responsibly."