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Coronavirus information

Coronavirus: Waste and Recycling

Stay Safe Poster in our Bin Wagon

Waste and recycling bin collections, street cleansing and grounds maintenance services are continuing as normal.

We are working hard to ensure there is as little impact on our services as possible whilst also keeping our staff safe.

Our waste and recycling crews are working hard to ensure that your bin collection service continues to run as normal. One way you can help them is by ensuring that your bins are out on the kerbside the night before your collection day. This will help reduce the levels of possible contamination on the bins.

Also please think carefully about whether your bins need to go out for collection every week; if they’re only half full could they wait until the next collection day? We appreciate this isn’t ideal, and won’t be possible in many households, but if you could help us that would be great.

Staying at home will no doubt provide an opportunity for many people to do some DIY, have a clear out or get busy in the garden. However with recycling centres shut please think very carefully about how you will store any rubbish that you may produce.

Now that more people are working from home please make sure when parking to leave access for our refuse wagons to collect bins and please try and keep your household waste down to a minimum and maybe put off those big projects for the time being. 

Keep yourself and the bin crew who collect your rubbish and recycling safe

Remember to wash your hands and clean the handles of your bins and boxes before and after you put them out for collection.

The crew will have touched all the bins on your street (and probably lots of others too) and won't be able to change their gloves between each bin or box, so keep yourself and them safe by following this simple guidance.

Paper Collections

The white sack paper and cardboard collection resumed on 15 June. Please only put out 2 sacks or equivalent in cardboard boxes so not to inundate the refuse crew and enable us to collect from every household on the round. Our paper collection teams have been asked to return the white sacks to the property from where they came; however we cannot guarantee this will happen for every property. We appreciate that some residents will not feel comfortable with this arrangement and we therefore suggest leaving your paper in a cardboard box for the teams to collect. Please do not put tissues in the paper recycling.

Disposing of waste from Coronavirus Patients

Personal waste relating to anyone who has, or is suspected of having, coronavirus (Covid-19) needs to be treated differently.

  • put disposable cleaning cloths and used tissues in a plastic rubbish bag
  • put that bag into another bag and tie it
  • store it securely, away from your other waste, for a minimum of 72 hours
  • then put it in your burgundy bin

If your next burgundy bin collection is more than 72 hours away, you can put your double bagged rubbish straight into the bin.

Other waste can be disposed of as normal.

Excess waste

During this difficult time we find ourselves in, unfortunately Ribble Valley Borough Council cannot collect excess waste from your household.

Whilst we understand the Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed, our priority is to operate as normal a service as possible, therefore any waste which is not in the bins or lilac sacks cannot be collected.

Household Waste and Recycling Centres

Lancashire County Council have reopened their recycling centres. Restrictions will be partially lifted from Monday 6 July and no appoitment will be necesaary for car users. Vans and trailers will be able to visit recycling centres from Friday 10 July but will need to book an appointment.

If you wish to visit a recycling centre find out about the restrictions on their website .


Please do not leave any waste outside the recycling centres, outside closed charity shops or elsewhere – leaving waste outside recycling centres, or anywhere else is classed as fly-tipping and is a criminal offence for which people will be prosecuted. Clearing this waste takes already-stretched public servants from performing more essential tasks.

Asbestos, plasterboard and gypsum

You cannot currently dispose of this type of waste recycling centre are closed. Please do not carry out DIY projects that would involve the removal of these materials, and do not place these materials in your waste bin as they are harmful to the health of the waste crews.

Electricals and batteries

Please store electrical items, including batteries and light bulbs, safely at home. Do not place them in any of your bins as they can cause fires in refuse vehicles and at the waste facilities where your waste is taken.

Burning waste

Please do not burn waste in your garden or on open home fires or in stoves. Lots of what we put in our bins is unsuitable, increasing the risks of fires (that the emergency services can do without attending) and emits harmful particles. As Covid-19 causes respiratory problems, anything that makes the air less breathable is an additional and unnecessary threat.

Tips on what you can do with some of your waste

Making the most of the food you have in the house

An average family of four can save just over £60 a month by reducing food waste. The Love Food Hate Waste website is a fantastic resource full of recipes and tips on how to store and use up food as well as cut down on food waste.

What to do with green garden waste

As an alternative to putting it out for collection, try home composting, or leaving your grass cuttings on the lawn where they will mulch down to provide nutrients, or leave areas of grass uncut (the wildlife will love this!). If you decide you want a home composter, visit for great deals.

Textiles and clothes

Please don't put any clothes or the likes of cushions, curtains or towels, in your bins at home. Please store them somewhere clean and dry for when the Waste and Recycling centres are up and running again, or until charity shops are open again and able to accept them. Donations left outside closed charity shops are still classed as fly-tipping. Please hold onto them until normal services are resumed. You can also find all kinds of crafty ways to reuse textiles on-line, such as making old pillow-cases into reusable shopping bags. You can always use some of them as cleaning rags.

Make your own baby wipes

If you’re running low on baby wipes, don’t despair. You can easily make your own reusable versions. As well as being low waste and zero toxic chemicals, you could save around £600 a year!  Simply use washcloths or cut old, soft fabric into squares and soak in boiling water with a few drops of baby wash, essentials oils like lavender or tea tree or just water. Stash in a reusable bag (or leftover wipe container) and you’re good to go!

Keeping kids occupied

If you are stuck for a fun kids activity with a difference, why not check out the Wastebuster website. There are loads of craft activities and activity sheets you can try at home. You never know, the grown-ups might even learn something too! It may also be worth checking out the ideas on this website, to make toys out of recycled materials –

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