Posted: Mon 30th Mar 2020

UPDATED: Flintshire Council – Don’t leave waste out for collection if anyone in your house has had coronavirus symptoms

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This article is old - Published: Monday, Mar 30th, 2020

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Updated: Flintshire Council has issued this update today. March 31. 

In the COVID-19 update issued on 30 March 2020 residents received advice about the disposal of waste should their household be self-isolating with Coronavirus symptoms.

FOR CLARITY in this situation the advice is:

Residents are advised to follow the published advice on handling waste if your household is displaying symptoms of Coronavirus.

If you are experiencing the main symptoms – a new, continuous cough and/or a high temperature – please be very careful when disposing of your personal waste (including used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths/wipes) at home.

Please do NOT put any tissues, disposable cloths, and masks (if worn) in the recycling.

All waste that has been in contact with any self-isolated individual should be double-bagged and tied to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The government advice for disposal of this waste is as follows:

Personal waste such as used tissues, disposable cleaning cloths and masks should be placed securely within disposable rubbish bags.

These bags should be double-bagged i.e. placed into another second bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste.

Children, pets and pests should not be able to access this place. Waste should not be left unsupervised on the pavement awaiting collection.

This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste (black) bin.

If your household is self-isolating because someone has viral symptoms, please do not put your recycling out for collection for 14 days. After 14 days, you can put out your recycling as usual.

Flintshire County Council is ensuring waste collections remain in place during the current situation.  We will support all residents and collect from all households who follow our advice.

More information about waste and recycling can be found on the Council’s website


Earlier report: Residents in Flintshire are being asked not to leave waste and recycling out for collection if anyone in the household has shown symptoms of coronavirus.

Its one of a number of changes to waste collections the council is asking residents to observe during to COVID-19 outbreak.

The latest update was sent out sent via the council’s email sign up service today and some of the details can also be found here

Householders have also been asked not to put garden waste into bin bags and into the black bin.

Flintshire council took the “difficult decision” last week to stop garden waste collections, in “order to support staff and the service as a whole during the Coronavirus outbreak.”

The council said: “We can reassure everyone that once the service returns to normal, a full year’s garden waste collection service will be provided, even if this rolls into next year, with the 2020 payment covering part of next year’s collection service if necessary.”

The council has also reiterated its message not to put tissues into recycling bags.

Collection crews have reported an increase in the number incidents where tissues have been disposed into the open recycling bags over the few weeks.

More guidance on tissue disposal can be found here: 

Resident have been asked to not approach or interact with refuse collection crews under any circumstances in a bid to protect them from COVID-19.

Other guidance in today’s update includes asking residents, where possible to rinse bottles and cans left for recycling before leaving out for collection;

Clean the handles of bins and containers before leaving out for collection; minimise your waste; store larger items until further advice is issued wash your hands before and after you handle bins and waste containers.

Any missed refuse and recycling collections can be reported online here: Report-a-collection-problem

You can subscribe to the council email updates here subscriber preferences 

The council also uses Twitter (16,000 followers) to communicate some of the latest developments which is particularly useful during the coronavirus crisis.

It is, however, the only local authority in Wales not to use Facebook for its critical COVID-19 related communications.

A rough figure pulled from the Facebook ad network shows there are 67,000 people using the social network users Flintshire.

For many it is the first ‘port of call’ when accessing and searching for information on the internet. 

Staying at home if you think you have coronavirus (self-isolating)

Staying at home and away from others (social distancing)

How to protect extremely vulnerable people (shielding)


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