A community response to the Coronavirus

How do I safely dispose of household waste?

How do I safely dispose of household waste?

To stay up to date on waste collection, visit https://www.stalbans.gov.uk/recycling-and-rubbish.

For more information on how to safely dispose of rubbish, please read the below from Hertfordshire County Council:

  • Disposing of Contaminated Waste: If you are showing symptoms, or are confirmed to have Covid-19, Defra offer this advice: All contaminated waste (such as tissues and wipes) need to be securely sealed in a rubbish bag. Put this bag inside another bag and tie the top securely. Store the bag separately from other waste and recycling (and away from pets) for three days, before putting it in your general waste bin as normal. Do NOT put contaminated tissues in your home recycling.
  • All HWRCs are closed until further notice: All Household Waste Recycling Centres in Hertfordshire are now closed until further notice, following Government guidance. We take the safety of residents and staff very seriously and It is essential that we do all we can to slow down the spread of the virus. We will review the situation based on further government advice regarding social restrictions so please check our website for updates. 
  • What to do with your waste: A lot of the material taken to HWRCs is ‘bulky waste’ (large items such as furniture, wood and metals). Please store these items at home until the sites reopen. Never put electrical items in any bin at home. Small recyclable items can be put in your home recycling as normal. Please note that waste left outside the gates of HWRCs, any local neighbourhood recycling banks, or charity shops will be classed as flytipping and as such you could be prosecuted.  
  • What do do with garden waste: We see a lot of garden waste being taken to HWRCs. Where possible, compost your grass cuttings and hedge trimmings at home. Easy guides to build your own compost bin are available online, with details on what to include in your compost. If you can’t do this, try to keep your garden waste until we reopen.

Harpenden Council