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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice

Coronavirus: Litter bins - frequently asked questions

My local litter and dog waste bins are over-flowing – isn’t this a health hazard?

Street cleansing crews, like all our other crews, are being impacted by coronavirus-related absence. Therefore, we are currently unable to empty the bins as often as we usually would as we just don’t have the resources available. However, given that people should only be leaving their homes for essential travel, we would expect a dramatic drop in the amount of litter being left in these bins.

The main exception is dog waste. Many people are logically combining their dog walking with their exercise. This is fine (provided social-distancing guidance is still followed) but we’re finding many people are bagging their dog waste and then leaving it next to full bins. This is thoughtless littering and is not currently justified simply because the bin is full.

The message is simple – please take your litter and dog waste home and put in your rubbish bin. If you use blue bags and/or cannot accommodate a rubbish bin, keep your dog waste outside in a separate container and then add it to your rubbish on collection day.

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