Will your bins still be collected during the coronavirus crisis?
HOUSEHOLDS across the UK could face disruption to their rubbish collection due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Families might be wondering if their local council will be next to be affected, after Boris Johnson announced all non-essential establishments will shut.
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Shops that are allowed to stay open during the new measures announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson include supermarkets, pharmacies, newsagents, banks and Post Offices.
Vets, pet shops, petrol stations, off licences, launderettes, banks and hardware stores will also keep doors open for customers.
Some council offices remain open, while others have shut their doors to the public.
Here's what you need to know about how the spread of coronavirus could affect your household waste collection.
How do I know if my rubbish collection will be affected by coronavirus?
You'll need contact your local council to find out if they're making any changes to your bin collection schedule.
The government has a dedicated website where you can find out the contact information for your local authority.
To find your local council, enter your postcode and the web page will bring up the relevant website.
Your council should be running a dedicated page on their website with any changes that are happening due to coronavirus.
Some local authorities have already altered their bin collection routine in light of the epidemic, while others are operating as normal.
For example, Derby Council has stopped garden and food waste collections, but says normal waste and recycling collections will carry on.
Portsmouth City Council has also suspended bulky waste collections.
Your council may also ask you to consider what you're putting into your rubbish if you're self-isolating.
Hackney Council is asking households not to put any personal waste such as used tissues into waste bins until it has been stored for 72 hours.
It's likely your council will have contingency plans in place in the event of having to scale down their rubbish collections.
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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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