New rules for household rubbish and bins for those self-isolating

The measures are based on updated guidance issued by the government which affects how and – crucially – when rubbish is disposed of Residents across Lancashire who are self-isolating because of suspected coronavirus are being urged to follow new rules about how to dispose of their household rubbish.

Several of the county’s waste collection authorities have published the steps which should be taken to protect their own staff – and prevent further spread of the virus.

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They are aimed at people in self-isolation because they are displaying coronavirus symptoms – a new, persistent cough and/or high temperature.

The measures are based on updated guidance issued by the government which affects how and – crucially – when rubbish is disposed of.

This is what residents are being told to do (based on guidance from South Ribble, Chorley and Wyre councils, which were amongst the first to publicise the new rules):

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  • Household waste must be put in a plastic rubbish bag and tied when full.
  • The plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied.
  • No waste should be put in any bin less than three days before the bin is due to be collected.
  • If you have a rubbish bag that needs to go in your bin less than three days before collection, please store it in a suitable and secure place until the bin has been collected. Then place the bag in the bin ready for the next collection.
  • Do not store rubbish bags in communal areas or on the street. Once the household’s isolation has come to an end, waste collection can resume as normal.
  • Do not take this waste to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre.
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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 collection teams and the public.

The measures are to ensure that if the virus is present on bin bags, there is sufficient time for it to die before the councils’ waste teams handle it.   It is thought that coronavirus can live on some surfaces for around 48 hours.

Originally publish at: www.lancs.live

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