Coronavirus – Waste and recycling information for Leicestershire residents

March 25, 2020

Kerbside waste collection updates

Use the links below to navigate to your local District / Borough Council website to find the latest information regarding kerbside waste collection services where you live.

 

Recycling

The quality of your recycling is important. Please follow our key messages and help us to ensure that the items that you put in your recycling bin do get recycled.

Key messages

  • Empty, rinse and dry all bottles, jars and containers before putting them in the recycling. Any residue left in containers can contaminate other items and prevent them from being recycled.
  • Place lids back on
  • Items need to be loose, not in bags
  • Packaging should be empty

The following items must not be placed in your recycling bin:

For further information on what you can and can’t recycle please use the following link: http://www.lesswaste.org.uk/recycle/items-accepted-for-recycling-at-casepak/

If you are a resident of North West Leicestershire please use this link instead: https://www.nwleics.gov.uk/pages/recycling_and_waste

For advice on how to dispose of specific items please use the How do I dispose of … A-Z.

 

Recycling and Household Waste Sites

Leicestershire County Council has taken the decision to close all of its recycling and household waste sites until further notice. As part of the measures announced by the Government, people may only leave home to exercise once a day, to travel to and from work where ‘absolutely necessary’ to shop for essential items and to fulfil any medical or care needs.

You’ll find news and information about how Council services in Leicestershire are being affected by coronavirus here.

If you are a resident of Leicester City please visit here for the latest information on site closures: https://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council/service-updates-in-leicester/

 

Disposal of household waste if you are self-quarantining

If you are self isolating because, for example if you fall into a high risk category, you can continue to dispose of your waste as normal.

The following information is for households who are self-quarantining  for 14 days or more because someone in the household is displaying coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus.

Most household waste items can be disposed of as normal in your general waste bin and recycling collection. Personal waste (such as used tissues, kitchen paper and disposable cleaning cloths) can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours (3 days) before being put in your usual external household general waste bin. Please do not contaminate your recycling collection with these materials. When putting waste aside, please do not store it in communal areas or on the street where others may come into contact with it. Keep it aside for the full 72hrs (3 days) before placing it in your bin i.e. do not place the waste in your bin if it is due to be collected within three days.

At the end of your self-quarantine period you may dispose of your personal waste as normal.

If you or an individual in your household tests positive for Coronavirus and storage of personal waste (tissues etc.) is not possible, please contact your local waste collection authority (your District or Borough Council) and request collection as Category B infectious waste. They will supply you with orange clinical waste bags for you to place your bagged waste into so that the waste can be sent for appropriate treatment. They will also provide you with the necessary information about where to store your waste and when to present it for collection. You’ll find links to District and Borough Council websites at the top of this page.

For additional advice for those self-quarantining visit; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

For additional advice on household waste disposal for those self quarantining visit; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings

 

Food waste prevention

At the current time when food supply and finances are on everybody’s minds, Love Food Hate Waste have some useful and tips to help you to make the most of the foods available to you. The following advice may also be useful:

  • Store your foods appropriately to keep them fresher for longer. Follow on packaging advice on storage when possible. Advice on how to store other foods / those without packaging can be found here.
  • There are several apps available to help you keep track of the use by and best before dates on your foods with a reminder. Some will also suggest recipes based on what you have in stock e.g. https://cozzo.app/(for apple devices only) or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.peytu.bestbefore&hl=en (for android devices).
  • Knowing the difference between best before and use by dates means you aren’t wasting more food than you need to and you aren’t taking any unnecessary chances with your health. If you don’t know the difference see here.
  • Make good use of your fridge and freezer by making sure they are set at the right temperature. You’ll find a handy guide here.
  • Make sure you are making the most of your freezer by knowing what you can / can’t freeze, how long items can be frozen for, and how to prevent issues like freezer burn. You’ll find a wealth of advice here.
  • Meal planning and portioning is a good way of minimising waste and making the most of the foods we have available to us. You’ll find a handy portion planner here.

Some people may be wondering if it’s safe to share food with others during the coronavirus outbreak. The Food Standards Agency has assured people that it is very unlikely that you can catch coronavirus from food & food packaging if basic hygiene procedures (such as hand washing) are followed. For the latest advice visit: https://www.food.gov.uk/

If you are sharing food with friends, neighbours or others who are self-quarantining, it’s important that you follow a “contactless” drop off and collection procedure. This advice from Olio may be useful to you: https://help.olioex.com/article/201-coronavirus-q-a

 

Home composting

Home composting is an excellent way to reduce the amount of biodegradable material going into your general waste bin, which may be of particular interest if kerbside collections are reduced where you live.

The charity Garden Organic provide a wealth of free information and advice for novice and experienced home composters alike. See; https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/compost. You can also find information here.

The key to effective composting is getting the balance between ‘greens’ and ‘browns’ right. Here are a few examples:

  • Greens – Grass cuttings, tea bags, fruit scraps and vegetable peelings
  • Browns – Dry leaves, scrunched-up newspaper, garden prunings and eggboxes

The following should never be put in a compost bin as it may lead to unpleasant odours or encourage pests.

  • Cooked food
  • Meat
  • Dairy products
  • Diseased plants
  • Pet faeces
  • Nappies
  • Anything which doesn’t biodegrade (e.g. plastic, glass, metals)

Residents in Leicestershire can purchase a compost bin at a discounted rate – for more information, please click here. Currently compost bins are being delivered as normal, but please check the website linked for further updates.

If you are considering making your own compost bin to deal with garden or uncooked food wastes you’ll find a useful guide here.

Love Your Clothes

With the temporary closure of clothing retailers, now is a good time to learn about how to sustainably wear, care for and repair your clothing. The Love Your clothes website has a wealth of advice covering everything from washing your clothes and removing stains to doing simple repairs and alterations: https://www.loveyourclothes.org.uk/

If you are worried about how to wash clothing and towels to prevent the spread of coronavirus, you can find comprehensive advice here.

For those self-quarantining because they are displaying symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus, follow the advice here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance