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Coronavirus

Coronavirus continues to be one of the biggest challenges we’ve faced in our lifetime and our response to has reflected its magnitude. Zero Waste Scotland continues to work with Local and Scottish Government and other key partners to make sure we meet this challenge head on.

Are my local collection services and recycling centres affected?

Local authorities across Scotland continue to affected differently and at different times due to coronavirus.

It is important to check your local authority website regularly, to keep up to date with any waste and recycling changes or temporary disruptions to collections that may affect you.

If you need to visit your local recycling centre, check your local authority website for information on what to expect as recycling centres may be operating differently for the time being, including opening hours, rules for access, availability slots and which materials are being accepted.

Learn more on what to expect at recycling centres.

 

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Find the latest update from your local council

Find your Local Authority

Main Website

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk

Waste and Recycling Services Page

https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/coronavirus

Recycling Centre Information

https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/coronavirus

Main Website

http://www.pkc.gov.uk

Waste and Recycling Services Page

https://www.pkc.gov.uk/coronavirus/waste

Recycling Centre Information

https://www.pkc.gov.uk/coronavirus/waste

Main Website

http://www.shetland.gov.uk

Waste and Recycling Services Page

https://www.shetland.gov.uk/coronavirus.asp

Recycling Centre Information

https://www.shetland.gov.uk/coronavirus.asp

  1. Keep up to date. 
    Regularly check your local authority website to keep up to date with any changes or temporary disruptions to waste and recycling collections that may effect you.
     

  2. Make a plan.
    Always plan ahead before visiting a recycling centre, so you know what rules are in place before leaving. Sorting your materials beforehand will also help you maximise your recycling when there. 
     

  3. Think about the environment.
    Can any of your items be reused or recycled?

  4. Ask for help.
    But don’t take up offers of cheap disposal, it could lead to others flytipping your items. Always ask to see a waste carriers license, which you can check here.

  5. Stay safe.
    If you or a member of your household are showing symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home and be sure to double-bag waste and store it for 72 hours before putting it in your general waste bin.  
     

Managing household waste during coronavirus

Life isn’t quite normal at the moment and that is as true for local authorities as it is for everyone else. Local authorities across Scotland are working hard to provide the best possible service, with everyone’s health and safety remaining the top priority.

In some cases, waste and recycling services have been temporarily disrupted. These are necessary measures and disruptions will not be in place any longer than they need to be.

We all need to play our part in helping to slow the spread of coronavirus and supporting our local authorities. That means staying at home and respecting physical distancing guidelines. By following our simple and practical advice on how to manage your waste effectively, you can help to ease the pressure on our essential services.

And, as always, please follow public health advice to keep yourself, your community and Scotland safe.

Follow our simple and practical advice on how to manage your waste effectively to help ease the pressure on our essential services.

Tackling flytipping

With coronavirus posing a very real threat to all of us, now is not the time to try and dispose of additional waste or large items – so please keep them at home until recycling centres re-open.

Handling your waste safely

Read our step-by-step guide on how to manage waste if someone in your household is showing coronavirus symptoms. Find out more.

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