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28 March 2020

WISH issues waste and COVID-19 advisory document

The UK’s Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum (WISH) has published a draft advice document about managing COVID-19 (coronavirus) risks in the context of a range of waste management activities. The document, released on Friday ...


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27 March 2020

‘Keep HWRCs open for wood supply’, WRA says


The Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA) has called on the government to keep open household waste and recycling centres which take in waste wood to safeguard the supply of material for industry.  A number of ...

27 March 2020

Recycling Association makes collections plea to Defra


The chief executive of the Recycling Association has called on Defra to ensure recycling collections from households are maintained during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr Simon Ellin made his plea yesterday (26 March) in a letter ...

26 March 2020

‘The time for action is now’ – Neil Grundon


In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Neil Grundon, deputy chairman of Grundon Waste Management, says service provision is the immediate priority, but it’s also important to look to the future.

25 March 2020

Union urges LGA to clarify role of refuse workers


The GMB union has called on the Local Government Association (LGA)  to spell out how refuse staff can safely provide an "essential service" while meeting social distancing requirements.  Refuse workers have been identified as '...

24 March 2020

Chiltern and Serco halt recycling collections


Chiltern district council has announced that it has made the “difficult decision” to suspend all recycling collections in Chiltern and Wycombe due to driver and loader shortages.

23 March 2020

Councils ramp up measures to combat coronavirus


West Sussex county council has closed all its household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) as councils across the UK alter waste services in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Other local authorities have introduced new measures ...

20 March 2020

Glass sector expresses virus impact fears


Representatives of the glass industry have expressed fears that government advice to the public to stay away from pubs and clubs could lead to a reduction in demand for bottlemaking with consequences for the recycling sector. ...

19 March 2020

Manchester hopes to improve recycling rates at HWRCs


The introduction of initiatives to collect carpets and mattresses for recycling and an increase in staff from December 2019 should help household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) in Manchester improve their recycling rates, according to a ...

18 March 2020

Contamination warning as waste plans ramp up


London Councils — the local government association for Greater London — has warned that avoiding contamination in recycling is now “more important than ever” as it enables operatives to do their job safely and limit the spread of...