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Toilet roll thieves force some public toilets in Surrey to close

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Toilet roll thieves force some public toilets in Surrey to close

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Rebecca Curley at 11:44am 20th March 2020.

Public toilets in Spelthorne parks have been closed because people have been stealing toilet paper and sanitary products.

Spelthorne Borough Council took the decision to close toilets in the parks around the borough on Tuesday (March 17). 

Council leader Ian Harvey said in a video update:

“Due to the mindless individuals stealing toilet paper and sanitary products, we have been forced to close park toilets and we are unable to maintain them to the standard required.”

toilet sign

Guidance was also issued on Wednesday for those self-isolating and how they can dispose of their rubbish. 

Joint Waste Solutions manages waste services for Elmbridge, Mole Valley, Surrey Heath and Woking and works on behalf of the Surrey Environment Partnership, which includes recycling for all 11 boroughs and districts and the county council.

It said used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. 

These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within your own room. 

This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal. 

A statement by Joint Waste Solutions  said:

“The advice also says that when cleaning you should use your usual household products like detergents and bleach as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces. Clean frequently touched surfaces.”