Media release - issued 27 Mar 2020

Help with rubbish and recycling during coronavirus

With our bin collections now reduced because of staff shortages with our contractor, and the tips closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus, we are encouraging everyone to think about the waste they are producing.

Waste prevention is the most important thing we can all do to help. Did you know that 40% of the rubbish we collect in Rushmoor is food waste? There are ways we can all cut down on this - like not overbuying, planning meals to avoid waste and making use of leftovers.

Recycling tips

We are still collecting your blue bin recycling every fortnight, so it's important that you are recycling everything you can. To check what we can collect, see our blue bin recycling page.

While you are recycling, there are also some simple steps to make the most of your bins space - like flattening cardboard boxes, cans and tins (find more on this and other tips on recycling and re-using on our Recycling tips during the coronavirus outbreak page.

Order extra recycling sacks

We can also collect extra recycling as long as it's in a clear bag next to your blue bin. If you need clear sacks, you can order them using our request recycling sacks form.

Garden waste and bulky items

With our garden waste service on hold so that our contractor can focus on your main bin collections, we know that many people are wondering what to do with their garden waste. One way of keeping on top of it is through composting - find out more on our composting page, including how to order a home composter: 

If you are doing DIY at home over the next few weeks, please keep hold of any waste until the tips re-open. You will also need to keep hold of bulky items like furniture and when things return to normal, you may be able to donate good quality items to a charity or a friend or neighbour rather than disposing of it.

Bonfires and fly-tipping

We are seeing a rise in the number of complaints about garden bonfires - the combination of lovely weather and people having time to get out in the garden.

We know that you will have more difficulty disposing of your garden waste and rubbish at this time, but we'd ask you not to have a bonfire. Not only can it be antisocial, but also if your neighbours suffer from respiratory problems, the smoke from a bonfire will make the problems worse.

Instead, if you can, please store what you can until things get back to normal or consider composting.

Find out more on our Bonfires and smoke pollution page.

Fly-tipping is also an offence and ruins the area for everyone. If you are caught, you could face a heavy fine. See our Fly-tipping page for more details.

We will continue to liaise with Hampshire County Council about the closure of the tips and as soon as they reopen, we will share that with you.

We understand that these service changes may cause some of you problems and we appreciate your support during these exceptional and difficult times.

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