Coronavirus Wednesday 20 January 2021
20 January 2021

NHS updates Covid-19 waste advice for healthcare facilities

The NHS published the fourth version of its briefing on




15 January 2021

GMB urges sector to boost Covid safety for crews


A GMB Union organiser for the workforce providing waste services in Milton Keynes has urged the waste sector to increase its focus on health and safety, following the death of two RCV drivers because of coronavirus. The two ...

14 January 2021

Two RCV drivers die from Covid in Milton Keynes


Two refuse workers employed by Serco on their contract for Milton Keynes council have died after testing positive for Covid-19. The staff members were both drivers but working on separate teams, Serco has confirmed. This ...

14 January 2021

School Covid-19 testing waste advice for contractors


Waste management contractors and similar businesses handling waste items from coronavirus testing in schools may be able to store the material if necessary, before moving it on for disposal treatment. has ...

12 January 2021

Veolia launches Covid-19 test kit treatment service


Veolia has introduced a treatment service for the potentially contaminated waste generated by Covid-19 tests. The waste produced from testing kits is classified as offensive waste (EWC 180104) and non-hazardous chemical waste (EWC...

8 January 2021

Increased festive waste and staffing issues hit collections


Several councils across the UK have reported collection issues in recent days, citing increased festive waste, the Covid-19 pandemic and adverse weather conditions as reasons for the delays. Cardiff council estimates about 400 ...

4 January 2021

‘Put waste workers in priority vaccine groups’, says ESA


With tighter lockdown restrictions likely to be announced later today, waste sector representatives have said services remain well prepared, but concerns remain over staffing levels due to self-isolation or positive test results.

21 December 2020

Sector watching as Dover closes to exporters


Waste and recycling businesses are today monitoring the situation at UK ports in the wake of France imposing a 48 hour ban on movements. The French ban on people entering France from the UK because of the new strain of the ...

21 December 2020

CIWM rebukes sector over Covid information


The waste sector faces a challenge in delivering services especially over the Christmas period with a compounding of some of the existing challenges relating to the pandemic, the CIWM has warned. And, the CIWM has called for ...

15 December 2020

NLWA urges switch to reusable facemasks


People have been urged to switch to reusable facemasks after research for the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) showed 102 million single-use facemasks are thrown away in the UK each week. To tackle the problem, the NLWA ...