Changes to waste collection services due to the coronavirus emergency

Photo of Cllr Rachael Hunt standing in front of a recycling collection vehicle.

South Gloucestershire Council has announced changes to its waste collection service in response to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 (coronavirus) emergency.

Black bins will continue to be collected fortnightly as normal, but recycling and food waste collections will change from weekly to fortnightly (on the same day as the black bin collection).

The revised collection schedule will commence on Monday 30th March.

Garden waste (green bin) and bulky waste collections will be temporarily suspended from the same date.

Payments for garden waste renewals and new subscriptions have been suspended.

Waste and recycling collections from properties with communal bins will carry on as normal.

The council’s Sort It recycling centres have been closed since last Tuesday (24th March).

Cabinet member for communities, Cllr Rachael Hunt, said:

“This is a challenging period but household waste is an essential service and we are doing all we can to ensure we continue to collect everyone’s waste and recycling during the coronavirus outbreak.

“We are making temporary changes to the way we collect your waste and are introducing measures to make sure we are prepared, ready and can keep delivering essential services for our residents. We will be constantly reviewing the situation, providing regular updates and we thank people for their understanding.”

A council spokesperson added:

“Please support and protect our staff so they can keep working by following Public Health guidance and staying at least two metres away.”

More information:

If you are self-isolating because you or a member of your household has possible coronavirus, the council asks that you put personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths in bin 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. All other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

Further information for self-isolating households be found at

For the latest update on changes to council services as a result of the coronavirus emergency, visit This is a fast-evolving situation and information may be updated daily.

Photo: Cllr Rachael Hunt standing in front of a recycling collection vehicle.

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