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Rubbish removal: How to deal with waste during lockdown

Now that we’re all spending a lot more time at home, those jobs around the house that you’d been putting off may well be demanding your attention.

If decluttering is hogging the top spot on your ‘to do’ list, you could be faced with a problem: with recycling centres and charity shops across the country closed, what can you do with the stuff you no longer want?

These DOs and DON'Ts will help you stay on top of your rubbish during lockdown.

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Charity donations

DO Box up donations ready for when charity shops re-open

If your decluttering has unearthed a mass of unwanted belongings you could donate to charity, sort and label them and store them at home. 'Charity shops are so grateful that people are setting aside quality pre-loved items in this trying time, and they will benefit greatly once the time comes for them to reopen,' Robin Osterley, Chief Executive of the Charity Retail Association told us. 'Please keep them to one side and take them to your local charity shop when they reopen.'

DON’T Leave donations outside charity shops

Charities are urging people not to leave donations on the doorstep of their local charity shop or around donation banks. Charities have no way of gathering up these items and storing them safely – left outside, they risk being ruined by the weather, by animals or even stolen. However well-intentioned, leaving donations outside in this way constitutes fly-tipping. The problem has now got so bad that charities have written to local government and waste organisations to ask for help tackling the issue.

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General waste

Order a skip

If you’ve found yourself with a load of waste from seldom-accessed corners of the attic, garage or shed, our skip hire service could be the answer as household recycling centres locally are shut.

We are currently operating a limited service through our office only on 01424 732643 We can deliver and collect from your home safely & remotely.

Deep clean your house

DON’T Put waste you’d take to the tip in your wheelie bin

Across the UK, one in ten local authority bin collections and one in four recycling collections has been disrupted to some extent by the coronavirus crisis. Meanwhile, some areas are seeing a surge in the amount of waste being left out for collection. In Surrey, for example, the amount of waste and recycling collected from homes has increased by 17% in the last two weeks, and many local councils are now urging people to keep hold of decluttering waste until recycling centres reopen.

Garden waste

DO Start composting at home if you can

With only half of all garden waste collections operating a normal service across the UK, you may well have found yourself with a pile of green waste you don’t know what to do with. Investing in a composter, if you don’t already have one, can help keep on top of both garden and food waste, which is also on the rise. If you really do have more garden waste than you have the space to store, a skip bag might be the answer.

DON’T Burn your garden waste

Even if your garden waste is mounting up, don’t be tempted to burn it. Fire and rescue services across the country are urging people not to light bonfires in their gardens, after seeing an increase in fire service callouts due to garden waste fires that have got out of hand. ‘In recent weeks we have seen a definite surge in the numbers of bonfires we have been called out to,’ explained Lisa Bryan of the Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service. ‘They can so easily spread out of control and can have devastating consequences to surrounding property, not to mention the risk to people. We would strongly urge people not to have bonfires at home.’

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