20 March 2020

New guidance for residents about waste collection in the wake of the on-going COVID-19 outbreak

Chorley Council has issued guidance for residents to change the way waste is handled at properties where possible COVID-19 cases have been identified.

The advice is specifically for households who are currently self-isolating or households where one or more persons have mild symptoms as identified by the recent national guidance.

Household waste where possible 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 3 days before the bin is due to be collected. For example, if you have a rubbish bag that needs to go in your bin less than 3 days before collection, please store it in a suitable and secure place until the bin has been collected. Then place the bag in bin ready for the next collection.

This will ensure that if the virus is present on bin bags, there is sufficient time for the virus to die before the council’s waste collection team handle it.

Bin collections are running as usual. You can find your bin collection dates at chorley.gov.uk

Please 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.

Councillor Adrian Lowe, Executive Member of Chorley Council (Customer, Advice and Streetscene Services) said “These new measures are vital to ensure that we can all do what we can to protect ourselves and others from Covid-19.”

“We understand that making changes to the way you handle your household waste while in isolation will be challenging, especially when you are already faced with other day-to-day challenges that isolation brings.”

“We’re doing this to make sure that we can continue our waste service and that our workforce can be protected. We thank you all for your understanding and co-operation.”​