Go online for recycling and waste collection updates

Published Saturday, 2 January 2021

Whilst recycling and waste collection services are generally operating as normal, residents are being advised to keep an eye on the website for any service changes which may happen in the coming days.

The advice follows the increase in coronavirus cases locally and some members of collection staff subsequently testing ‘positive’ over the Christmas period. If there are further identified cases of coronavirus, then it may become necessary to adjust collections at short notice.

“Residents will be aware of the surge in cases of Covid-19 and whilst we are doing our upmost to maintain our front line services, including recycling and waste collections, we have to face the prospect of an impact on these services. We are enormously grateful to Veolia’s staff for their hard work and commitment to operating these services in very difficult times as are residents too. Additional staff have been trained and so far all the collections have been successfully completed. Whilst I am hopeful this will continue, as I am aware that any change will come relatively suddenly, I wanted to take this opportunity to ask residents to keep a watchful eye on the website where we will always publish the latest information” said Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services.

Councillor Huntington-Thresher continued, “I would remind residents that if they have tested positive for Covid-19, then they should put their waste aside for at least 72 hours before being put out for collection. In this way, you are helping keep the team as safe as you can.”

Households that are self isolating should follow the Government's 'Stay at home' advice which states:

· Store personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths securely within disposable rubbish bags.

· 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 non-recyclable refuse.

· Please do not take this waste to Waldo or Churchfields Reuse and Recycling Centres.

Details about any interruption to recycling and waste collection services is available by visiting www.bromley.gov.uk/wastenews.

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Editor’s notes: In addition to the member of staff testing positive being absent from work, close working colleagues are also required to isolate, meaning a relatively small number of cases means a larger number of staff are affected.

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