Council shares important advice with residents on bin collections during the Coronavirus pandemic

19 March 2020

Cheshire West and Chester Council has today (Thursday) issued important advice to residents on how everyone can work together to reduce the spread of Coronavirus and maintain household waste collections.
Working in partnership with contractor Kier, the Council has put in a place plans to prioritise staff safety and maintain household waste and recycling collections for all should the number of waste collection staff available start to reduce.
For this reason from Thursday 19 March all collections of garden waste will be suspended so that resources can be concentrated on maintaining a regular household refuse collection service. 
The Council is also sharing the latest Government information for households with symptoms of Coronavirus which can be found on the GOV.UK website
Deputy Leader  and Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore, said: “In these challenging times our priority is to be able to guarantee that we will always collect your household waste and we have put plans in place to ensure that we can continue to do that while protecting our staff as they go about their jobs.  
“The impact of Coronavirus over the coming weeks is still unknown and there may be some inevitable service disruption to our service but please be assured we are planning for every eventuality. We have taken the decision to suspend the collection of garden waste from today to enable staff to concentrate their efforts on household waste and recycling. 
“We all have a part to play and it’s important we work together to minimise the spread of the virus. Please help to keep our staff safe as they do their jobs. If you are showing symptoms of the virus please put your personal waste like tissues in a separate plastic bag to your other waste. When the bag is full it needs to be placed inside another bag and then stored somewhere safely out of the way for at least 72 hours before being left out for collection.
“Collections of dry mixed recycling on your normal day of collection will continue although this service may change in the coming weeks if necessary.  Please be assured that we will do everything we can to ensure you continue to receive these essential services in a timely manner.
“I know you will all share concerns about the spread of Covid-19 around the world.   We are now seeing our first confirmed cases in Cheshire. Across the UK the virus, and our response to it, is moving into a new phase.
“Please be reassured that the Council is at the forefront of the response.  We are part of a network of public bodies working together to ensure we protect the public and defeat the virus over time.  We are working closely with partners in the NHS to ensure the most vulnerable people are protected as far as possible and are helping to ensure that messages to the public are clear and consistent, in regular touch with Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer.”
Residents can keep up to date with any changes to waste collection services by visiting the Council's website

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