FAMILIES have today been told to take their rubbish to the tip as bin collections will be cancelled during the coronavirus outbreak.
Councils across the country have scaled back household bin collections and people have been told take their own waste to the dump rather than wait for lorries.
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On Thursday, Cambridge City Council announced it would suspend all garden waste collections from Monday until May 4.
The council said on its website: "The suspension of green bin collections will allow crews to concentrate on emptying blue and black bins during the coming weeks.
"It will also assist with any future staff sickness or self-isolation issues."
Locals council have suspended waste collection services in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19, which has killed 145 people and infected 3,269 people in the UK.
Other councils are also following suit, including Cheshire West and Chester, and Derby City Council, the latter of which has also suspended bulky waste collections.
"GO TO THE TIP"
Derby City Council said it predicts the coronavirus pandemic will also affect recycling and general waste collections in the coming weeks.
Local authorities are asking residents who are self-isolating to place personal waste – such as used tissues and cleaning materials – into a plastic bag before disposing of it into a second bin bag.
They are then encouraged to store it safely in their homes for 72 hours before placing it into a wheelie bin for collection.
Hackney Council said this measure aimed to "lower the risk of the virus being passed on".
Meanwhile, Brighton and Hove Council is urging people with cars to take the rubbish of friends and neighbours who are unable to do so.
Residents can take any type of waste to the two Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRS). This can include taking friends and neighbours waste if they can’t get there by car.”
The move has infuriated residents – especially the elderly – who have no means of disposing of rubbish.
Eileen French, 75, said: “What are the elderly supposed to do?
“We have bins overflowing into the streets and no way of getting rid of it. I think it is disgraceful the council has made this announcement so soon into this crisis.
“Coronavirus raises all sorts of public health concerns and the council seems to be abdicating responsibility.”
Ellie Wood, from Brighton, said: “At times of stress it is up to the council to try and maintain basic services. Rubbish strewn across streets is a clear sign of civil breakdown.
“The council has a responsibility to maintain collections not just from a health and hygiene position but also to reassure residents that there won’t be some total deterioration of services.”
Another resident said: “This the exact moment they should be going the extra mile, for all of us, including themselves. If refuse starts piling up in the streets, other diseases will spread, put extra strain on the NHS.
“The bin collectors will not escape these consequences either.”
A spokesman for Brighton and Hove Council said: “We will be unable to catch up on missed work. If a collection is missed, residents’ next collection will take place on their next scheduled collection day if possible.
“Residents can take any type of waste to the two Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRS). This can include taking friends and neighbours waste if they can’t get there by car.”
A spokesman for the Local Government Association said: "As councils prioritise protecting the vulnerable, there will be inevitable disruption to other important services, such as bin collections and street cleaning.
"Some councils are having to change their waste and recycling services as coronavirus impacts on their collection staff."
Residents are encouraged to visit their council website for ongoing updates on bin collections.
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