COVID-19: Guidance for Waste & Recycling Services

Wednesday, 15th of April 2020

Coronovirus (COVID-19): Welsh Government Issues Guidance on Waste and Recycling Services


The Welsh Government has provided guidance on the relative prioritisation of waste and recycling services from households and non-domestic premises during the coronavirus outbreak.

Key Principles

In considering the priorities and contingency steps that may be required in order to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on waste services, the following key principles have been identified as a basis for planning decisions, in addition to the principles and duties enshrined in legislation:


  • Protection of human health (including the workforce collecting and processing waste material) and the environment from the adverse consequences of waste not managed effectively - in line with the scientific assessment of the risks and health advice on the approaches that support the controlling of the spread of COVID-19.
  • Social equity – ensuring that proper account is taken of those needing support and those householders with limited storage capacity at their dwellings.


  • Waste hierarchy – in priority order: reduce, reuse, recycle, energy recovery, landfill, unless over-ridden by the need to protect human health and the environment.


  • Resilience – ensure a diverse range of facilities continue to operate, to provide resilience if key services are impacted or close down.


  • Preservation where possible of the flow of material to businesses that use recyclate and waste to derive renewable energy (eg. anaerobic digestion and biomass).

Welsh Governement have produced guidance to support Welsh Waste and Recycling services during the Coronovirus (COVID-19) pandemic



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