Shropshire Council

Coronavirus and waste and recycling services

30 March 2020 Last updated at 10:34
Please note that all our household recycling centres are now closed for an indefinite period due to the coronavirus. Apologies for any inconvenience caused

We're working closely with our partner Veolia to minimise the impact of coronavirus on recycling and waste services. Business continuity plans have been successfully implemented and resources are being closely monitored to ensure the most essential services can continue to be delivered safely.

Safety of collection teams during the COVID 19 crisis

Veolia's recycling and waste collection team are classified as key workers by the Government. As such throughout this uniquely challenging situation, they continue to provide essential services to help protect our community and public health.

Shropshire Council and Veolia take their responsibilities around Coronavirus very seriously. The health and safety of all staff and the communities we serve is our top priority, and collection operations are being carefully managed. Working within the practical requirements of the job and the individual needs of employees, Veolia is following government and its own operational guidelines and is taking all necessary steps to ensure the health of the workforce and members of the public.

We are extremely proud of the way the teams are rising to the challenge. Please bear with us as we prioritise key areas of service delivery, and support our teams on the front line by following all Government advice given to the general public.

Currently services are operating with no significant disruption

Please continue to use your recycling and waste collection services as normal, with the following important exception:

Households that are self isolating should follow the UK government's 'stay at home' advice which states:

  • Store personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths securely within disposable rubbish bags. Please do not place any of these items in your recycling containers as they will not be collected
  • Place these bags into another bag, tied securely and keep separate from other waste
  • These bags should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external general waste bin
  • Please do not take this waste to your local household waste and recycling centre - they are now closed

Please dispose of your other household waste as normal. It is more important than ever to ensure that recycling is clean and dry, and that rubbish bags are all securely tied to help prevent spills and protect our collection teams and the public.