Laura Sharman 02 April 2020

Councils warn of ‘wave of waste’

There will be a spike in household rubbish due to the coronavirus lockdown, district councils have warned today.

The District Councils’ Network (DCN) said families are likely to generate more waste while staying at home, at the same time as some councils have been forced to reduce certain waste services.

It also issued a plea for residents not to burn rubbish on bonfires, following a spate of incidents across the country.

Cllr Dan Humphreys, DCN lead member for enhancing quality of life, said: ‘Alongside many other frontline services, the efforts of our waste collection staff should be applauded, as they are playing a key role in helping to keep the country running during this difficult period.

’Make no mistake, councils and their contractors have plans in place to try and ensure that everyone’s bins are collected.

’But we would ask the public to play their part, too. Where possible we would ask residents to think twice about how much waste is put out – such a small step could make a huge difference.’

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