Coronavirus: LGA responds to new waste service guidance

“Any reduction in recycling collection services is a difficult decision for councils and will never be taken lightly. As this new guidance rightly recognises, decisions on waste and recycling services must always be based on local circumstances."


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Responding to updated government guidance on waste services to councils amid the coronavirus crisis, Cllr David Renard, Environment spokesman for the Local Government Association, said:

“Most council-run general waste and recycling kerbside collection services are operating as normal. This is testament to the hard work of councils as they try and keep waste and recycling services working as effectively as possible and to ensure the safety of the workforce delivering this key public service.

“Any reduction in recycling collection services is a difficult decision for councils and will never be taken lightly. As this new guidance rightly recognises, decisions on waste and recycling services must always be based on local circumstances.

“Residents and businesses can help by following the advice from their local council and continuing to recycle where this is possible.

“Fly-tipping is never acceptable and we urge people and businesses not to burn garden waste - composting or recycling it where possible is better for the environment. Burning household waste is an offence and liable to prosecution.”