Changes to Services in response to COVID-19

Garden waste schedule changed to 4 weekly

Garden Waste (brown bin) collections will be moving to a four-weekly schedule to ensure during this time refuse services can be maintained to all residents as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • The day of the week your collection takes place will remain the same but your garden waste will only get collected once every 4 weeks. 
  • No extra garden waste placed by the side of the bin will be collected – as it would slow the crews down and mean more resources would be needed to collect the garden waste.
  • Bin lids must be shut and bins not overflowing – they can become off-balanced when being tipped into the collection vehicle. This can lead to them falling off and injuring people. We want to protect our staff and members of the public.
  • Garden Waste should not be placed in the refuse bin – we will do everything to ensure collections of refuse continue, however, if there is a delay, residents may need spare capacity in there refuse bin. It would be sensible to priorities other waste.
  • Missed Collections – we will try to ensure your collection is made, however, if we are required to move staff onto Black or Green bin rounds to maintain core services, unfortunately, we may have to cancel Garden waste collections and these will not be returned for.
  • Our collection crews are key workers doing and vital job, please support them in their role by driving safely near them – we have weekly regular reports of cars driving on pavements to get round vehicles or sitting too close to the back of the trucks. Our staff have been hit on numerous occasion by cars driving on pavements. Please be patient and help to keep them safe.
  • Please ensure that bins are placed out by 6.45am on your collection day

Getting rid of your waste if self-isolating or confirmed to have coronavirus (COVID-19)

Any individuals asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have coronavirus, should follow this advice to get rid of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread via personal waste.

  • Individuals should place all personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely in a plastic bag or bin liner.
  • This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied.
  • These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in the general rubbish collection.

After 72 hours outside the body the virus is no longer viable and the double bagged waste can be put in the general rubbish collection as normal. Only waste that is heavily contaminated, such as tissues that have been coughed in and disposable cleaning cloths need to be treated in this way. Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal.

Parks – closed

Council-run play areas and skate parks are now closed due to Government advice regarding social distancing. All parks and open spaces are still open for public use in line with the Government guidelines – list of all Peterborough City Council play areas and skate parks that are closed 

Household Recycling Centre – closed

All recycling centres across Peterborough will be closed from Tuesday 24 March until further notice.

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