Richmondshire District Council

Protecting members of the waste crews

Waste collections across Richmondshire continue to run as normal.

But there have been changes to the way the crews are getting around the district to protect officers from the risk of coronavirus.

Only two waste collectors are allowed in a wagon at any one time in order that the social distancing measures can be followed. Where a third collector is needed on a round, he is following the truck in a council owned van.

Residents are asked to observe the social distancing rules when the collections are taking place and not come into close contact with the waste teams.

And the council is also urging residents to wash bin, box and bag handles both before and after collections to protect themselves and the council collection teams.

“All our operatives wear protective gloves but they handle hundreds of bins, boxes and bags on every round so we advise that householders wash their bins thoroughly,” said Corporate Director, Colin Dales.

“All our vehicles are fitted with hand washing facilities and crews have sanitisers in order that they can follow the hand washing advice. So far we have been able to run an unaffected collection service for our residents - by following all the precautions we hope that will continue throughout this crisis.”

Any changes to collections will be posted on our website and on the council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts – as well as issued to the local press.

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