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

 

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