Easter bank holiday bin collections 2020 – when will rubbish be collected?

THE August bank holiday Monday is here – but what does that mean for your rubbish collection?

Some councils and local authorities have already issued updates on their usual bin collection services in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

For example, some councils have warned households that collections could be delayed due to the spread of COVID-19.

More regular waste collection services are running as normal and most local authorities have contingency plans in place to keep streets clean.

Some local authorities are also asking households to consider what they’re throwing away if they’ve had coronavirus symptoms.

How do I find contact details for my local council?

THE government has a dedicated website where you can find out the contact information for your local authority.

Click here to bring up the "find your local council" GOV website.

To find your local authority, enter your postcode and the web page will bring up the relevant website.

Your council should have a page detailing its usual rubbish collection services so you know when to put your bin bags out.

Most should also be running a dedicated page on their website with any changes that are happening due to coronavirus.

Some councils are asking families to store rubbish and tissues for at least 72 hours before putting it out for collection or in communal bins.

Rules vary between local authorities, so check your council’s website for any changes to its bin collection services.

Will my bins be collected over August Bank Holiday Monday?

As councils all have different collection schedules, you'll need to check with your local authority to see if they'll be collecting your bins over the August Bank Holiday.

Your bin collection is only likely to be affected if they're usually picked up on a Friday or Monday, as this is when the bank holiday days fall.

However, some councils say they'll be collecting rubbish as normal, even on these days.

For example, Hammersmith and Fulham council says it collects rubbish on all bank holidays, apart from Christmas Day.

But this won't be the case for all councils.

Hackney council says collections will take place one day later than usual due to the holidays.

Why might coronavirus affect my bin collection?

Some councils have warned bin collection services could face disruption due to staff being off sick or self-isolating.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government said: "The government stands ready to do whatever is necessary to support councils in their response to coronavirus.

"We are working with them and the waste industry to ensure that waste collections are prioritised to protect the environment and human health."

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