Coronavirus: Waste, Recycling & Environment

Latest News and advice regarding Waste, Recycling & Environment

Page Updated: 3 July 2020, 13:30

Waste Collections

  • All West LIndsey District Council waste services are currently running as normal.
  • Household Waste Recycling Centres (tips) have now reopened. You must book an appointment to be able to go to your local tip. If you do not book you not be able to enter the site and will be turned away. For more information and to book a slot visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/clickandtip. A limited number of items are only being accepted. Transit type vans, pickups and trailers are not permitted at present. To view an up to date list of what is accepted please visit the Lincolnshire County Council website (www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/clickandtip).

Please assist us by taking the actions below. This will help us to try and ensure that our staff remain safe and that we are able to continue providing the normal level of waste collection services for as long as possible.

  • Remember you should NOT put any tissues, kitchen roll or toilet paper in your blue bin. These materials cannot be recycled and could also expose council staff undertaking regular quality control checks to pathogens
  • Put these materials in your black bin / refuse sack ONLY.
  • Please also follow the government advice below on disposing of tissues if you are showing possible symptoms or self-isolating with others:
  • “Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can 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 in your usual external household waste bin.”

Environment

Environmental Protection Team are no longer undertaking routine monitoring visits due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This may result in complaints taking longer than usual to investigate, we ask that you please bear with us at this time.

With this in mind it would be helpful before you get in touch with us to remember that these are particularly exceptional times when people are confined to homes and in gardens and that every household is going through a period of uncertainty and stress. The Environmental Protection Act 1990, deals with statutory nuisance, not annoyance.

In addition, many factors need to be taken into account, and the special circumstances of each case must be carefully considered. Other factors to consider are based on the nature, severity, frequency and duration of the nuisance. For noise to be considered to be a Statutory Nuisance it would need to be regular enough and intense enough to be deemed unreasonable by a court.

We would suggest if you are bothered by noise that you keep a record over time, this would assist us and help us to follow-up this matter after returning to normal. If your report relates to noise that is being produced by a gathering of people that you believe is aiding the spread of Covid–19, you must report this to the Police on 101.

In relation to noise from children playing within their own garden, this is considered to be ancillary domestic, and as such, it would be expected, as a normal domestic activity.  Obviously, in the present situation there are many incidents where children will be playing in their homes and gardens, complying with the sensible and strict advice issued by the Government to control Covid-19. Accordingly it would not be deemed appropriate in such circumstances to enforce the law, the Environmental Protection Act 1990 was not intended to be used for this purpose.

If you would like any further advice please contact food.healthandsafety@west-lindsey.gov.uk