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We’ve all had to make changes to our everyday lives to help fight the spread of Coronavirus and we’re proud of Norfolk and its residents with how well we’ve all come together in helping others and staying home.
We’ve put together below some ways you can help with your waste during this time.
Help us to keep our services running by making sure the right things are in the right bin.
Don’t forget to keep your recycling Clean, Dry and Loose.
Any changes to your waste collections, including food waste and garden waste bins can be found on your local council website and social media.
As a country we are using millions of facemask and disposable gloves during COVID-19. These should be disposed of in waste or litter bins, or even better choose a reusable mask instead. If not they could end up as litter, polluting the sea and environment.
City to Sea describes the scale of the problem caused by disposable face masks and PPE. They offer useful advice on the alternatives in their campaign: How to stop PPE becoming Plastic Pollution .
You can make a face covering from textiles you have at home. Click here to find out how to make yours.
If you have been isolating due to a suspected case of Coronavirus it is important that you dispose of your waste differently to help avoid the spread of the virus.
Personal waste (such as used tissues, disposable cleaning cloths, gloves and other PPE ) 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 in your usual external household waste bin.
Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.
Waste should be stored safely and kept away from children. If you live in a building with communal waste areas you should store your waste in the way detailed above for at least 72 hours before putting the bags in the communal area.
Our Waste Collection Crews are busier than ever at the moment and doing a great job at keeping Norfolk’s services running. You can do your bit too with these 4 easy steps.
Before you travel to a Recycling Centre you should consider whether there are other alternatives like online reuse platforms that can make use of your items or whether they can be recycled at home. You may find it easier to use local council services or private waste carriers.
For information on which sites are open and guidance on using Norfolk County Council recycling centres during Covid-19 visit Norfolk County Council Recycling Updates
Make sure you wear sensible clothing, gloves and footwear. Whilst not mandatory, we encourage residents visiting the Recycling Centres to wear a face covering when outside of their vehicle and take suitable precautions when visiting.
As there are likely to be queues, please avoid the beginning and end of the day when it is busiest. The recycling centres will close at 5pm (Mile Cross Recycling Centre at 7pm) promptly and all vehicles will need to be clearing the site by this time.
You should not visit a Recycling Centre if any of the following applies to you:
To manage demand and help ensure safe operations, the centres may offer a restricted service and:
* If you have a physical disability or other condition that prevents you from putting your waste into the container on your own please speak to a member of staff on site and seek advice on how to dispose of the waste.
With people keen to keep Norfolk clean and tidy. It is important that we stay safe whilst helping our local environment.
If you want to find out more about how you can stop litter for a cleaner county visit our Love Norfolk Hate Litter page. Where you can pledge to take action, download posters supporting the campaign and join local groups.
If you have been litter picking, you can bring up to three bags of litter to one of our Recycling Centres after completing our online form. We can only accept litter collected from public land and it must be bagged. Cans and glass can be separated for recycling.
As we start to be at home less now is a great time to rethink how and what we purchase, can you create less waste? Think about what you need, look into purchasing a reusable item or use an everyday item again instead of throwing it away. Why not let us know what you are doing. Pop over to our reduce your waste section for ideas on how to reduce your waste, make one of our Swap2Save swaps or visit our Pinterest page for some reuse and up-cycling ideas.
Can you help local businesses? Many are offering delivery and come with less packaging and recyclable containers.
Takeaway packaging and refill advice at the reuse hub
The reuse hub offers advice on sustainable takeaway packaging for businesses who may be offering takeaway options for the first time. Along with guidance on offering refill options for coffee and food. There are helpful links to research and government guidance on reuse during Covid 19
You can find local groups and help through your local council’s community support hub and social media.
Water bottle refills
Refill offers advice on using water refill stations and continuing to offer water refills from your business during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also download the brilliant Refill App to find your nearest refill point for water bottles, coffee cup, lunch box and groceries.
A survey revealed that 90% of us have changed our food habits resulting in 35% of us cutting food waste during lockdown. We want these good food habits to stick so we have put together some food savvy tips:
Store it like a pro
These 10 tips for storing fruit and veg will help you keep your five-a-day in peak condition until you’re ready to eat them. All lush, no mush in your fridge and fruit bowl from now on.
Ten easy lunches
With many of us still working from home, we’ve put our aprons on and raided our fridges to come up with ten totally delicious lunches. If you’re missing ingredients, either leave them out or make a substitute.
Run out of an ingredient? No need to rush to the shops just yet, check out our list of 10 ingredients swaps first. And dare we say it, the alternative might just be better than the originals.
Food Savvy Unlocked
Many of us have become more thrifty and creative with food in the recent months, so we’ve asked people to share their lessons from lockdown to provide us all with a little food-saving inspiration. Take a peek behind closed doors and discover the delicious, healthy and time-saving hacks that will help you become food savvy. https://www.foodsavvy.org.uk/foodsavvy-unlocked
Did you know interest in home composting has increased by 500% since the UK went into Coronavirus prevention measures.
Making homemade compost helps to recycle fruit and vegetable peelings, plus garden waste and much more. The nature in your garden gets to work on your waste to create a rich compost which improves the structure of you soil and feeds plants. This makes homemade compost great for your garden and great for nature too.
To encourage residents to explore the benefits of home composting and make the most of their gardens this spring, Norfolk County Council has teamed up with Get Composting to offer a range of discounted composting bins to encourage people to use their garden and food waste to make their own compost at home. Compost bins are now available from just £10.
To find out more about composting and to order equipment for delivery to your door visit our home composting section.