Your waste and recycling collections

08 Apr 2020

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak precautions are being put in place to ensure Coronavirus is not spread via your waste and recycling.

Any individuals asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have coronavirus, should follow this advice to get rid of their household waste:

  • double bag all waste that contains tissues, face cloths etc and store this securely in your refuse bin
  • This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied.
  • These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in the general rubbish collection.

After 72 hours outside the body the virus is no longer viable and the double-bagged waste can be put in the general rubbish collection as normal. Only waste that is heavily contaminated, such as tissues that have been coughed into and disposable cleaning cloths, need to be treated in this way. Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal.

Government advice states there is no need to offer a separate clinical collection for this waste at this stage.

All Household Waste Recycling Centres are now closed until further notice. For up-to-date information visit Hertfordshire County Council’s website

Changes to collections

Although our bulky waste collections have been suspended our waste and recycling collections are continuing. If this changes we will let you know.

We are working hard to minimise the impact on your recycling and waste collections and appreciate your understanding if services do have to change.