Bin collections scrapped amid coronavirus as councils tell families to go to tip

Multiple bin collections have been cancelled across the UK as Brit families are told – take your own trash to the tip.

The coronavirus crisis has forced councils to dramatically scale back everyday services and household bin collections are one of the first to go.

And while some lorries may still be turning up to collect your bags and people are being urged to contact their local council, the new message amid the outbreak is clear: don't let the litter pile up, put it in your car and take it to your local dump yourself.

One of the councils taking the extraordinary step includes Cambridge City Council, who said it would suspend all garden waste collections from Monday until May 4.

The council wrote on its website: "The suspension of green bin collections will allow crews to concentrate on emptying blue and black bins during the coming weeks.

"It will also assist with any future staff sickness or self-isolation issues."

Households' concerned over whether their rubbish will be collected should contact their local authority online, where councils should be detailing the changes on a dedicated webpage.

Cheshire West and Chester and Derby City Councils won't collect food or garden waste which is emptied every fortnight, but general household waste and recycling will still be picked up.

Derby is also stopping scrapping collections of bulky waste.

Derby is anticipating the pandemic will hit recycling and waste collections in mere weeks from now.

In Hackney, East London, households are being asked not to put personal waste into bins until they've been stored for 72 hours.

While some local authorities have already made alterations to the service, others are yet to.

When it comes to people who are self-isolating, councils are asking them to place personal waste which may be contaminated with bacteria into plastic bags, tie it up and then place it in another bin bag.

This could include used tissues and cleaning materials.

This should then be stored at home for 72 hours before being put in the wheelie bin.

This is to lower the risk of passing the virus on to someone else.

Brighton and Hove Council even asked local people to offer to take their neighbours rubbish with them in the car to the tip if the are unable to.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government said: "The Government stands ready to do whatever is necessary to support councils in their response to coronavirus.

"We are working with them and the waste industry to ensure that waste collections are prioritised to protect the environment and human health."

The news comes as Boris Johnson has ordered pubs and restaurants across the country to close as the Government announced unprecedented measures to cover the wages of workers who would otherwise lose their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Prime Minister said that nightclubs, theatres, gyms and leisure centres should close their doors from Friday night to slow the spread of Covid-19 and prevent the NHS coming under unsustainable pressure.

At his daily Downing Street press conference, the Prime Minister said the measures were needed to reduce "unnecessary" social gatherings by 75% in order to have an impact on the infection rate.

"The speed of our eventual recovery depends entirely on our collective ability to get on top of the virus now and that means we have to take the next steps on scientific advice," he said.

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