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Residents urged to stay at home following fly-tipping at bring banks

News release 9676, published on 02 Apr 2020
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is urging residents to stay at home and save lives following reports of fly-tipping at its bring bank recycling sites.

This week the government’s instructions to residents were to only leave their homes for essential journeys to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, yet the council and its waste contractor Serco has recorded an increase of fly-tipping incidents at its sites across the borough.

The bin crews are working hard to maintain a weekly waste and fortnightly recycling kerbside collection, while following government guidance to ensure the safety of residents and staff. Clearing these fly-tips is placing further pressure on the teams during these challenging times.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “Fly-tipping is illegal and we take a very strong stance on this but, more importantly, at this time people should not be leaving their homes for non-essential journeys. Residents are fortunate to have a weekly waste collection in Basingstoke and Deane and our crews are doing all they can to maintain this during this very difficult time. While I appreciate the county council’s Household Waste and Recycling Centre has closed I am urging people to follow the Government’s instructions and stay at home and store these items until it is safe to clear them correctly. Please do not put extra rubbish out for your bin collections, our crews will only collect what is in your grey bin as normal.”

Residents can help keep themselves and the council’s bin crews safe by washing their hands before and after putting their bins out and collecting them. They should also wipe bin handles where possible. The bin crews do wear gloves as part of their standard equipment but touch many bins every day, these actions will reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

For more information on how to recycle more while at home visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/recycling  

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