Residents warned not to generate extra waste
Gloucestershire County Council is asking residents not to generate extra waste during their time at home due to Coronavirus.
To help protect residents and staff, Gloucestershire 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.
Another way to help reduce the pressure on collection crews is to minimise food waste. Half of the food we throw away could have been eaten and keeping it out of the bin in the first place is a good way to save money and help look after the planet.
Love Food Hate Waste suggest planning your food shop more carefully and only buying what you need, using your fridge and freezer effectively to make food last longer and finding simple, creative recipes to use leftovers.
For more ideas on how to minimise your food waste, visit: https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/what-to-do
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for waste and recycling at Gloucestershire County Council, said “We know for a lot of people being at home can mean they feel like tackling household jobs or DIY projects, but unless you can hang onto this waste we really would ask you to think twice, as this waste cannot go out with normal kerbside collections.
He continued “Kerbside collections are an essential service and our district colleagues are working hard to keep them running during the Coronavirus pandemic. Please make their lives as easy as possible by not overloading the service.”
For more information and updates on changes to collections in your area, check the webpage for your district: https://www.recycleforgloucestershire.com/recycling-at-home/