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Bin collection disruption across Surrey and Hampshire likely due to coronavirus

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Bin collection disruption across Surrey and Hampshire likely due to coronavirus

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 24th March 2020. (Updated at 3:38pm 24th March 2020)

Residents across Surrey and Hampshire could soon see disruption to their bin collections because of coronavirus. 

Councils across the UK are being forced to make changes because of the outbreak. 

Some local authorities in our area have already altered their bin collection routine. 


Rushmoor Borough Council 

Serco, which is the waste removal provider for the borough is currently experiencing staff shortages meaning: 

  • Rubbish collections - rubbish bins will be collected as normal this week (week commencing 23 March)
  • After this week rubbish bins will be collected every two weeks after (week commencing 6 April, week commencing 20 April etc).
  • Blue bin and glass recycling - there will be no recycling collection this week.
  • Recycling will be collected fortnightly on the opposite week to your rubbish collection from 30 March.
  • Garden waste collections - will continue this week and next, and will then be suspended until further notice. Any subscriptions to the service will be suspended until the service resumes. We will extend your subscription to cover the time you have lost.
  • You can find the latest information from Rushmoor here. 

Elmbridge, Mole Valley, Surrey Heath and Woking

Joint Waste Solutions manages waste services for four Surrey councils say on their website that collections are taking place as scheduled:

"We’re doing everything we can to keep bin collections running as normal during the Coronavirus pandemic.

"But it’s likely that services will be impacted soon because of staff shortages due to sickness."

You can find the latest information here.


A spokesperson from Guildford Borough Council told Eagle Radio services are currently running as usual with no disruption:

"As this is a fast-moving situation we are advising customers through our website and social media that there may be changes to usual recycling and waste collections. 

The Guildford Borough Council website currently states: 

"Due to Coronavirus, there may be changes to your usual recycling and waste collections.

"We are taking extra precautions which may impact our normal schedule - thank you very much for your patience."

You can find the latest information here.


A spokesperson from Waverley Borough Council told Eagle Radio they are not currently experiencing any major disruptions: 

"We are working hard with contractors to keep it this way but with the current COVID19 situation, there could be some impact on the service going forward should staffing levels be impacted.

"Residents will be kept updated. 

Waste guidance for Coronavirus /self-isolating

  • Place all personal waste, e.g. used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths securely in a plastic bag/bin liner.
  • This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied.
  • These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in the general rubbish collection.
  •  Only waste that is heavily contaminated need to be treated in this way.
  • Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal