COVID-19 - Bins and recycling
Last updated: 11 September 2020 at 8am
Update on weekly waste collections
Weekly waste collections restarted from Monday 17 August 2020.
Working with our waste and recycling contractor Serco, we have reviewed staffing levels and restarted the weekly waste service as lockdown measures continue to relax.
While some residents will be pleased to see the return of weekly waste collections, we are aware that many of you were supportive of a fortnightly collection and made great efforts to reduce your waste and recycle more during this challenging period.
Cabinet Member for the Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus has urged those residents who have managed on the fortnightly waste collection to keep up their efforts, which have resulted in an unaudited increase in recycling of around 800 tonnes – the equivalent to around 63 double decker buses.
The day your grey/black waste bin is collected has not changed.
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Household (black/grey bin) waste
- Will waste collections move to fortnightly again?
We, along with our waste and recycling contractor Serco, have reviewed staffing and are content a weekly service can be sustained as lockdown measures continue to relax. We will continue to do this in line with monitoring the situation with the pandemic to assess if we need to change frequency of collections again.
- I was loaned an extra bin to use during fortnightly collections, what should I do with it?
From 24 August we will not be emptying bins that were provided for use during fortnightly collections. Once emptied during the week starting 17 August please do not refill. We will be writing to you to arrange the collection of your loan bin.
- Why have you gone back to weekly collections when there is a climate emergency and people are recycling more?
We are aware that many of you are supportive of a fortnightly collection and made great efforts to reduce your waste and recycle more during this challenging period and we urge everyone to keep up this effort and only put out your waste bin when you need to. We always said this would be a temporary measure to protect the crews during the pandemic and to ensure we could sustain a reliable waste, recycling and clinical waste collection service during the crisis. Any long term changes would be subject to a full review and be part of a democratic decision making process.
- Following fortnightly collections, my bin smells and there are maggots - what can I do?
When your bin is empty a household detergent can be used, with a soft broom to wash your bin. There are also local bin cleaning companies who provide a mobile service.
If you are concerned about maggots, please take a look at 'how to stop maggots in your rubbish bin'.
Flies are naturally attracted to rubbish, but there are a number of ways you can minimize the maggots finding their way into your bin.
- Make sure your bin closes firmly – avoid overloading your grey waste bins, so that the lid does not shut properly.
- Cover all food left out on your kitchen counter and use fly spray or fly papers in your home to keep it fly-free.
- Rinse food packaging – including recyclable containers – before putting them into the bin.
- Make sure food scraps are kept in a sealed container in the kitchen, or even the freezer, until they can be disposed of on your collection day.
- Wrap disposable nappies, the contents of litter trays or other pet waste, and meat or fish scraps before putting them in the bin.
- In hot weather, empty your kitchen bin more often and store the contents in a cool place.
- I am a clinical waste customer, what will happen to my collection?
Clinical waste collections have not been affected during this time, please use the service as you normally would.
Recycling collections are running normally.
If your bin has been missed, please complete a missed bin form.
Garden waste collections
Garden waste collections are running normally. If your bin/bag has been missed, please complete a missed bin form
Visit our garden waste webpage for further information on the service.
Collections running as normal.
If you currently receive an assisted bin collection from us, we will continue to provide you with this service. Letters are being sent out to all customers who have assisted collections.
We are providing a normal service and taking orders for all waste and recycling containers.
Recycling bring sites
The bring sites are all open with the exception of Morrisons.
Many textile and clothing banks are currently closed. Please do not leave bags around these banks.
Household waste and recycling centre (the tip)
The HWRC at Wade Road in Basingstoke is managed by Hampshire County Council. Before visiting the tip, you need to make a booking on the county council's website.
For further information and to book an appointment to visit one of the county council's HWRCs, visit Hampshire County Council's website.
Bulky waste collections
We are providing a normal service and you can book a collection for bulky household items.
General waste and recycling FAQs
- What shall I do with my rubbish if someone in my home has or suspects they have Coronavirus?
Guidance states: Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths should 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 before being put in your usual external household waste bin. Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.