Waste services and COVID-19
Precautions are in place to ensure Coronavirus is not spread via your waste.
How to get rid of your waste if you are either self-isolating or confirmed to have Coronavirus
If you or members of your household are self-isolating and need to dispose of any waste that may be contaminated with Coronavirus you should follow this advice to ensure the virus is not spread.
- Securely double bag any personal waste such as personal protective equipment (PPE), used tissuesand disposable cleaning cloths.
- These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in the general rubbish collection
Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal.
Disposal of waste from Lateral Flow Testing at home
Recycling Centres open by appointment
Suffolk's Recycling Centres are open at full capacity and bookings can be made via the online system or by telephone. The appointment-only system helps reduce traffic disruption and queueing on roads around the sites and ensures the safety of staff and public on site.
Re-use shops at Foxhall and Bury St Edmunds are open for business 7 days a week and you can donate items for re-use directly at the shop (without a booking) or on all sites when you attend your booked appointment For more information go to the Recycling Centre page.
COVID-19 safety frequently asked questions:
Do I have to wear a face covering when on site?
Face coverings are optional for customers, but we politely request that you wear a face covering if possible. Site staff appreciate the cooperation of the public in this matter, due to the large number of visitors on site each day.
Visitors and site staff are expected to wear face coverings when being assisted.
Site staff are not required to wear face coverings but may do so if they choose. Because they are handling waste throughout the day, there is a risk of cross contamination if they need to adjust or remove their face covering.
Why don’t site staff and the public wear gloves at the Recycling Centres?
Gloves are not required on site but are recommended for safe handling of waste. Staff wear gloves to handle waste or to clean surfaces. Single use gloves are used to assist in medical emergencies on site. Staff have access to hand washing facilities and wash their hands and apply hand gel regularly.
Why is there no hand gel available on sites?
Staff have hand washing and gel available for their own use. Public should provide their own hand gel and are encouraged to wash hands before and after visiting.
Changes to recycling and waste collections
Waste collections are carrying on as normal wherever possible. For the most up to date information from your local District or Borough Council please follow the links below:
For ideas to help manage your garden waste at home please visit our Top Tips page. More information on compost bin offers can be found here www.suffolkrecycling.org.uk/reduce-your-waste/home-composting
Waste Management Advice for Care Homes in Suffolk
Care Homes in Suffolk should refer to this guidance which has been developed by Public Health Suffolk. Should you require further information please contact your waste collection provider directly