Update: Second Lockdown

With a new national lockdown coming in to effect on Thursday 5th November, you local councils are endeavouring to collect your household waste as normal. We do recommend that you check with your council to keep informed of any changes to services.

Norfolk Recycling Centres remain open but onsite Reuse Shops are closed.

Please see our news story for further details.

+ Coronavirus and your waste

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.

+ Right Thing Right Bin

Image showing the 3 rules of recycling in Norfolk; Make sure your recycling is Clean Dry and Loose. Help us to keep our services running by making sure the right things are in the right bin.

To find out what you can and can’t recycle in Norfolk, head over to our bins at home section where you can find a comprehensive list of items.

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.


+ Personal Waste, Face Coverings and PPE disposal advice

Image showing disposable gloves, mask, hand sanitiserNew guidelines come into place on 24 July regarding the use of face coverings; you can make a face covering from textile 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.

+ Help your Bin Crews

Cartoon image showing bin crew members near bins and a bin lorryOur 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.

  1. Make sure your bin is out for the collection at the right time and keep them out until they have been collected- we may have to change your normal collection times. You can find your bin collection information on your local council website.
  2. With more of us at home be as considerate as possible when parking so our vehicles and workforce can access all properties as easily as possible.
  3.  Wash you hands after taking out or bringing in your bins. You could even wipe down your bin handles to keep them clean too.
  4. Give your collection crew a wave or say thanks. They love to see your pictures too.

+ Recycling Centres

Photograph showing a sign for Recycling CentreBefore 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. You do not need to wear a mask outside unless Government advice changes or if you prefer to.

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:

  • Extremely vulnerable and are remaining at home for shielding purposes
  • Symptomatic with coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • In a 14-day household isolation

To manage demand and help ensure safe operations, the centres will offer a restricted service and:

  • Require social distancing of two metres by all customers
  • Operate on a managed one in one out basis for vehicles
  • Manage any build-up of traffic for people’s safety
  • Only allow two adults out of a vehicle to unload their waste
  • Assistance will not be offered to help empty vehicles
  • There is no pedestrian access to our Mile Cross Recycling Centre. Click here for more information.
  • Provide for the disposal and recycling of the main waste streams including green waste, general waste and charged for DIY type construction and demolition waste.
  • Reuse Shops remain closed however compost bins, bagged compost and green bags are available to purchase.
  • Payment is by card only, please use contactless where possible

+ Litter Picking during Coronavirus

image showing the Love Norfolk Hate Litter logoWith people keen to keep Norfolk clean and tidy and wanting to take part in the Keep Britain Tidy Great British September Clean . It is important that we stay safe whilst helping our local environment.

You can find guidance on how to safely carry out a litter pick here.

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.



+ Reduce and Reuse; Get savvy, Get crafty and Get local.

We’re at home more and having 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. Pop over to our reduce your waste section for ideas on how to reduce your waste 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. You can find local groups and help through your local council’s community support hub and social media.

+ What's the recipe for staying Food Savvy during lockdown?

Many of us are used to going food shopping whenever we want to, eating out and having lunch away from home like school dinners or lunch on the go. But with the current situation, this has all changed and there’s suddenly a lot more food to be cooked at home and items that we take for granted are suddenly not available. We have put together some food savvy tips to help you during lockdown.

Facebook live events

Photo image of someone sifting flour with the text Lockdown Kitchen and advertises the live events on Facebook on WednesdaysOver the next month, we’ll be hosting top chefs to give you a pinch of delicious, sustainable and affordable eating inspiration right in time for tea. Join us every Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:00pm in the Lockdown Kitchen Facebook live event. From £5 homemade takeaways to food saving essentials and cooking with kids, there’s plenty to tuck into and you can ask questions of the chefs too.


Ingredient swaps

More time at home has provided us all with a great opportunity to cook even more delicious dishes. At the same time, it’s been tricky to get some of the ingredients needed. Here is our list of the top ten hard to find ingredients during lockdown and our favourite alternatives.


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.

Lockdown lunches

Image of person cooking with text 'Lockdown Lunch ideas - Quick and delicious meals on a budget'We’ve put our aprons on and raided our fridges to come up with ten totally delicious lockdown lunches. If you’re missing ingredients, either leave them out or make a substitute.


Baking with kids

Looking for some easy baking recipes for your kids? We’ve put together some tasty, simple recipes and tips for cooking with kids that everyone will enjoy making (and eating too).

+ Rooting for Nature with Home Composting

Image showing home composting bin with Rooting for Nature logo. Text advises of special offer compost bin price of from £10 (rrp £19)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.

See the full range of new compost bin discounts here.