Coronavirus - rubbish and recycling

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Our household waste recycling sites (‘tips’) are closed until further notice. District and borough councils are doing their very best to collect your waste and recycling. See Coronavirus – rubbish and recycling in East Sussex.

If you are self-isolating with possible coronavirus illness, find out how to dispose of used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths safely.

Our household waste recycling sites (‘tips’) are closed until further notice.

Information about when we will be able to safely reopen our sites will be added on our website and on social media as soon as we have it.

Why has the Council closed the sites?

  • Social distancing measures put in place by the Government on Monday 23 March mean that visits to Household Waste Recycling Sites do not fall within the reasons for leaving your home. The measures recommend minimising contact to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we have a duty of care to our residents and staff to ensure their safety.
  • Other councils such as Brighton & Hove and West Sussex have also closed their sites.

What do I do with my excess household waste?

  • To help district and borough councils continue providing essential waste collection services, please don’t put out additional waste alongside your rubbish and recycling. Instead store it safely for disposal after our household waste recycling sites reopen. This will allow us to continue providing waste collections at this difficult time.
  • For bulky items such as furniture, clothing, electrical items, please store these until we are able to reopen the sites or arrange an alternative.
  • Please don’t take your waste to a neighbouring authority – they have also closed their sites and by trying to do so may only make the situation worse elsewhere.
  • Please do not take excess household waste and recycling to bring sites (mini recycling points, often located in car parks) as these may well be full or not operating at this time.

What about fly-tipping?

  • We do not believe the closures will lead to an increase in fly-tipping. The majority of residents should be able to temporarily store items until we are able to reopen the sites or arrange an alternative option. Most East Sussex residents understand that fly-tipping is both illegal and wrong, and we don’t believe that they would do this.

I’m moving house or clearing a house, what do I do now?

  • While we understand that these closures may inconvenience some residents, the need to protect the health of our staff and residents has to take precedence at this time.
  • We are currently looking at alternative options and will be releasing more information as and when we are able. In the meantime, where possible – for example with bulky items or garden waste – please store these until we are able to reopen the sites or arrange an alternative.

What can I do with garden waste?

  • See our page about how to compost your waste. It also includes advice on building your own composter.
  • If you do not have space for composting, please store your garden waste until we are able to safely reopen the household waste recycling sites.

I think that I have Covid-19 – what should I do with my waste?

  • The Government has issued advice about disposing of rubbish if you have a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 in your household. Used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths should be put into a rubbish bag. The bag should then be put into a second bag and tied securely. You should then wait 72 hours before putting it in your outside bin. Please do not put this in your recycling. You are able to dispose of other household waste as normal.