Ealing Council would like to remind residents that rubbish and recycling collections are continuing as normal at present.
However, the borough’s reuse and recycling centres in Greenford and Acton are closed until further notice.
Residents are being advised to safely store waste or recycling that they would usually take to the reuse and recycling centre (such as DIY waste) at their property until restrictions on non-essential travel are lifted and the sites are able to reopen.
Councillor Mik Sabiers, the council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “The council is continuing to work hard to keep the streets clean, keep collecting your rubbish and make sure your recycling bins continue to be emptied as often as possible, while protecting the health of all our workers as well as the general public.
“But, because most of us are now staying at home, it seems likely that this will create more household waste and put pressure on our recycling and waste services. Please check the council website for updates to the service and try to minimise the amount of rubbish, recycling and food waste you produce.
“Every bit you can reduce will make a real difference to maintaining a good service for everyone.”
Top waste tips during the coronavirus crisis:
- If you are self-isolating and feeling ill, please put any potentially infected items like used tissues or cleaning cloths into separate plastic bags and double-bag them. These bags should then be put aside for at least 72 hours (three days) before you put them out into your external bin
- Avoid doing big clear-outs while at home, which will create more rubbish and recycling for council crews to collect. Please do not dispose of waste on a bonfire because the smoke causes air pollution and has potential health effects for you and your neighbours
- Continue to wash your hands regularly, maintain good hygiene after handling your rubbish and recycling and keep your distance when the workers are doing their collections.