Council to prioritise bin collections

25/03/2020, PR-9356

​Wakefield Council will be prioritising household waste and recycling collections during the coronavirus outbreak.

In light of the current government guidance, garden waste and bulky waste collections will be suspended until further notice.

All the Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres are now closed. This follows the Government’s latest advice to stay at home and only travel when absolutely necessary and to follow social distancing rules to help stop the virus spreading and protect the most vulnerable.

Wakefield Council’s Acting Chief Executive, Andrew Balchin, said: “We are working hard to protect our key services during this very difficult period and I can assure residents that we will do everything we can to prioritise our household waste collections during the coronavirus outbreak.

“By suspending garden and bulky waste collections, we can deploy staff to the other higher priority waste collections. I understand that this may cause some inconvenience but we will inform our residents when these collections will begin again as soon as we can.”

The Council is contacting those that have a bulky waste collection booked to advise them of the temporary changes and to arrange a full refund.

Andrew Balchin added: “We fully appreciate the inconvenience caused to those who have large household items to dispose of and encourage people not to start projects which may produce large amounts of waste, such as home renovations, if they have nowhere to store the waste. But we please urge you not to use unlicensed waste carriers as items may be fly-tipped. Please try and store the items the best you can until collections resume.”

The Council is reminding residents not to put garden waste into their recycling or general waste bins, and asks that waste and unwanted items be bagged up and stored at home until normal services resume.

Garden waste can be turned into compost to use again in the garden as spring arrives - start filling a home compost bin or build a compost heap in the corner of the  garden - don’t forget to turn it every few weeks.

The Council has provided information and guidance on its dedicated coronavirus information web page at

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