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Key frontline workers keep recycling going

Published
24.04.2020

The county’s six district councils are maintaining their separate collections of recycling, food waste and residual waste.

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The recyclable materials such as glass, paper and cans and the food waste collected continue to be recycled by the district councils in the usual way, while the residual waste is transferred to Javelin Park for processing and production of electricity for the national grid.

The Gloucestershire Energy from Waste facility at Javelin Park is continuing to process the county’s residual waste as normal during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Collections in Gloucester City are carried out by Amey and Biffa collect in the Forest of Dean with the other four districts Cheltenham, Cotswold, Stroud and Tewkesbury all using Ubico a company which is jointly owned by the four districts and the county council.

Householders are asked to continue to play their part in managing their waste at home by firstly reducing their waste as far as possible and then by using the collection services provided by their local council for their waste and recycling to make sure we continue to recycle as much as possible.

To help protect residents and staff, the county council has closed all household recycling centres (HRCs) until further notice, and district councils cannot collect extra waste at the kerbside.

This means residents thinking of undertaking a DIY project or having a clear out shouldn’t do so unless they are able to keep hold of the extra waste to dispose of when the HRCs reopen.

Other things everyone can do to help include:

  • Don’t overfill your bin or sacks
  • Don’t put out extra waste
  • Recycle as much as possible
  • Use your food waste collection service
  • Consider home composting your fruit, vegetables and garden waste

Residents who are self-isolating due to suspected or confirmed Coronavirus (Covid-19) are being reminded to double bag their used tissues and cleaning cloths and keep them for at least 72 hours before putting in their external waste bins for collection.

Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member at the county council and a member of the Ubico Board said: “Along with our district partners we are determined to do what we can to make sure that the county’s waste and recycling continues to be collected from households right across our county and processed as normal 

“I want to thank all of our district council partners and particularly the key workers on the frontline for doing an amazing job by continuing to maintain their collections of residual waste and recyclable material during these unprecedented and challenging times. These services are vital and I know it’s not easy to keep them going.

“People might have heard of problems with recycling elsewhere. Thanks to the hard work of Gloucestershire’s district councils and their staff this isn’t the case here.”

For more information, including what can be recycled in your area, and updates on any changes to collections, check the webpage for your district here

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