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Authority closes its recycling centres and amends waste service collections

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Recycling centres across the Highlands have been closed in response to coronavirus.
Recycling centres across the Highlands have been closed in response to coronavirus.

Highland Council is reminding people that all council-run recycling centres are currently closed and garden waste and the bulky uplift services have been suspended.

Householders are being asked not to put out their brown bins as they will not be emptied.

The council says every effort is being made to continue the regular domestic weekly waste and recycling collections.

It is also highlighting extra measures anyone self-isolating should take.

Anyone self-isolating due to displaying symptoms of coronavirus is asked to ensure that all waste items, such as tissues and cloths, are disposed of securely within disposal bags.

When full these bags should be placed in a second bag and tied and then stored for 72 hours before being put out for collection.

Carron McDiarmid, executive chief officer for communities and place, said: “Currently our rubbish and recycling collections are operating as normal, however, in the future we may need to suspend some services at short notice due to staff shortages.

"In the meantime people should put out their bins for collection as normal for 7am on their scheduled day, but if the bins are not emptied by 5pm please take them off the street and put them out again on the next scheduled collection day.”

She added: “The message we want to get across is for people to check our website regularly as the situation is changing rapidly.”

Regular updates on the rubbish and recycling services will be provided on the council’s website and social media channels.

There is also a link to specific information and guidance for customers at https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/1054/rubbish_and_recycling/905/rubbish_and_recycling_guidance_-_coronavirus_covid-19

Any queries about waste and recycling services should be sent to recycle@highland.gov.uk or call 01349 886603

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