Services affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Bins, recycling and tips - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Waste and recycling collections are continuing as normal, including over the May bank holidays.

We will update this page if there are any service updates.

May bank holidays

Bin collections will not be affected by the bank holidays in May - please put out your bin as normal.

Advice for dealing with waste

Please do not add used tissues or kitchen roll to your blue bins. They cannot be recycled and could mean our truck-load of waste is rejected by the recycling plant.

Please do not add extra side waste with your black bins. We are unable to collect it.

Please do not burn waste. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (as amended) it is an offence to dispose of domestic waste in a way likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health. In practice you should not burn waste that is likely to create excessive smoke or noxious fumes.

Helping our waste and recycling teams

To help protect our waste and recycling teams as they empty bins across the district, please follow this advice: 

If you have COVID-19 symptoms (a continuous cough and/or a high temperature) or you have a confirmed case in your household, please dispose of your personal waste, such as tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely within a plastic bag that is tied up. With clean hands, place the bag into another plastic bag, tie it securely and kept it separate from other waste. After setting aside for 72 hours, place the bag in your black bin.

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

If you live in a building with communal waste areas, please store the personal waste bin bags as above for at least 72 hours before putting them in the communal bins.

Wash your bin handles

As an extra precaution, we are asking our residents to clean their bin handles before and after emptying. This will help to protect you and our waste and recycling teams.

Thank you for your support.

Household waste recycling centres (tips)

Staffordshire County Council has re-opened its household recycling centres. However, there are some changes to the rules. Find out more.

Thank you messages

It's been great to see your thank you messages that have been stuck to bins and all the lovely emails, tweets and Facebook posts our waste and recycling team has received.

Here's a thank you colouring-in sheet - courtesy of Dennis Eagle and shared by SFS and CTS Hire. Our waste and recycling crews would love to see your creations displayed in your windows.