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Managing household waste

Civic amenity sites around the island can remain open provided appropriate arrangements for social distancing are in place.

Household waste can also be disposed of in the normal way for collection from outside your home.  

Bring Banks around the island remain open for recycling of glass, cans and paper. 

Waste management

Some of the Island’s amenity sites have now re-opened: 

The Eastern and Western Civic Amenity Sites opened on 31 March

The Northern Civic Amenity Site will open on 3 April.

The Southern Civic Amenity Site currently remains closed.

The following advice is designed to minimise the volume being produced and encourage people to store recyclable materials until they can be disposed of properly. 

  • Cartons and plastic bottles – remove lid, squeeze air out and replace lid
  • Cardboard boxes – should be fully flattened
  • Cans – should be cleaned and stored for recycling
  • Glass bottles and jars – wherever possible, should be cleaned and set aside until recycling resumes at civic amenity sites
  • Reduce perishable food waste by only buying what you need
  • Avoid putting items in wheelie bins, such as clothing and general household items, that can be stored until the amenity sites re-open
  • If possible, compost garden waste. Avoid disposing of this in your general waste bin
  • Non-conforming waste such as batteries, builder’s rubble, fluorescent tubes and lamps, and electrical items should not be placed in wheelie bins at any time. Please take these to the civic amenity sites when they are reopened.

When bins are put out for collection, please disinfect the handles. After taking your bin back in, disinfect the handles again and wash your hands thoroughly.

Bonfires are discouraged as they have the potential to be dangerous and cause a nuisance to neighbours, particularly while most homes will be occupied most of the time.

For those who are self-isolating
Personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags must be double-bagged, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in the wheelie bin.

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal. Householders and Waste Management Teams should disinfect or wipe down the handles on wheelie bins where possible when put out for its collection and return.

If you live in a flat, all waste should be stored in a separate room inside the flat and disposed of once self-isolation has been completed.

Please follow this guidance until the period of self-isolation has elapsed.

See also Guidance for cleaning for those with COVID-19