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Cornwall's waste recycling centres close because of COVID-19

Cornwall's waste recycling centres close because of COVID-19

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:07pm 24th March 2020. (Updated at 12:26pm 24th March 2020)

By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

All household waste recycling centres (HWRC) have been closed today following the Government’s announcements restricting movements due to COVID-19.

Cornwall Council announced this morning that all 14 HWRCs in Cornwall would now be closed following the latest updates on guidance.

At the weekend there were queues of up to two hours at some of the centres as people took advantage of the good weather and restrictions to clear their gardens and do DIY.

 “All 14 Household Waste and Recycling Centres will now be CLOSED until further notice.

“Please note that kerbside collections of waste and recycling continue, so please place your bags and recycling out for your usual collection times.”

Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council last week issued new advice for households which have had possible Coronavirus infections and how to deal with their waste.

Recycling centre
St Austell Recycling centre

The authority said any waste such as tissues and cleaning cloths should be double-bagged and kept separate from other waste and left for three days before being put out for collection.

“Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths should be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags.

"These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put out for collection on your next collection day.”

Cornwall Council

The council has said that all kerbside collections of rubbish and recycling will continue as normal.

For more information about council services affected by Coronavirus go to the council's website here. 

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