Across Nottinghamshire, bin collections have had to be changed as crews battle to keep up with coronavirus.
People are putting more in their bins because so many are staying at home, while other bin crews have been faced with staff shortages as people are forced to self isolate.
Most councils have made changes to the way bins are collected.
So we’ve put together an update on the latest situation at councils in Notts, as of Tuesday, April 28.
General waste and recycling collections are continuing as normal, but garden waste and bulky waste pick-ups have been suspended.
All waste collection is currently unaffected in Ashfield – the only area in the county where this is the case.
Bulky waste collections have been suspended
A statement reads: “All of our bin collections are currently running as normal and we have contingency plans in place to ensure that your general waste (green bin) collections continue during the coronavirus pandemic.
“As part of these plans we are training staff from other council departments as refuse loaders to provide cover in the event of staff shortages.
“We are also revising working practices to further support social distancing measures for our refuse crews.
“We have suspended our online missed bin reporting. If your bin has been missed, please leave your bin out until it has been emptied. Please contact us on 01909 534501 if you have any further queries.
“Residents who are self-isolating should follow the latest stay at home guidance, including the following instructions on the disposal of waste.
“Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.
“Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.
Waste and recycling collections for residual waste, recycling including glass and garden waste are all running as normal with a few caveats.
Garden Waste Stickers for 2020/21
Garden waste stickers are only being sent out once a week so there may be a slight delay in receiving them. The council says it will still have the information that people have a valid subscription for the 2020/21 season showing on the in-cab unit so please place your bin out and it will continue with collections. Once you’ve received your sticker/s please place this on your bin/s.
Delivery of new bins
Delivery on bins is currently taking up to 10 working days.
Bulky waste collections continue to be suspended at the moment.
Bin collections are currently running as normal, but glass collection and bulky waste collection have been suspended.
The council is no longer collecting garden waste (brown bin) to allow resources to be concentrated on the collection of household (green bin) and recycling waste (blue bin).
The council advises bagging and storing any excess garden waste and consider home composting.
Residents are also asked not to put garden waste in your green or blue bin.
The council is not accepting new sign-ups to the garden waste service. It will review the service later this year along with payments that have already been made.
Newark and Sherwood
Recycling (silver bin) collection service returned to normal on Monday April 13 after being altered.
Please put out your recycling bin on its normal collection day, making sure it is out for collection by 6am.
The collection days for the black/green waste (residual) bins also remain the same but the council is asking please to double-bag any tissues or similar items that might carry contamination.
The council says as it has had to change the vehicle routes, it cannot guarantee bins will be emptied at its usual time.
Additional side waste will not be collected.
The council has also suspended garden waste (brown bin) collection services.
Waste teams are continuing to collect all general waste, recycling and garden waste bins as normal across Rushcliffe.
The bulky waste collection service has been suspended until further notice to help ensure social distancing and redirect resources towards essential waste collections services across the borough.