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See the latest information and advice in Exeter. We are closely monitoring the situation and working with the government and NHS, who are well prepared to deal with this virus.

Coronavirus and waste guidance

Putting your bins out

  • Please wash your hands BEFORE & AFTER putting your bins out, or wear gloves.
  • This will help to keep our bin crews and you safe during Covid-19.
  • To minimise Coronavirus cross-contamination, it would also be advisable to clean the handles of your bins with disinfectant before putting them out and after bringing them back in.
  • If you have bulky items, DIY waste etc, you are now able to take them to the local Recycling Centres.  Do not put any recycling in your rubbish bin.


Our latest waste and recycling updates:

  • Rubbish, recycling and garden waste is being collected as normal. Please continue to put out your waste after 6pm on the evening before your usual collection day, but before 6am on the day itself.

  • Please check in regularly with our suspended collections page, where we will provide updates and information should it be necessary to suspend or delay any collections.

  • Devon County Council’s Recycling Centres have been reopened.

  • Bulky waste collections have been re-instated.

  • Textiles banks are closed. Salvation Army is unable to empty them in the current circumstances.

  • Keep recycling. It helps to keep the local economy going and will ensure the black rubbish bins are not overfilled, preventing waste spillage and ensuring that the Waste to Energy plant is not overburdened. It also helps our crews to collect waste safely and efficiently.



Collections will continue on your normal day, according to your downloadable waste collections calendar until further notice.

Should there be any delays to collection services, we will update our suspended street collections page with the relevant advice. Please check in regularly with this page.

The safety of the public and our workers, including our collection crews, is of paramount importance.

We will monitor the situation as the country continues its efforts to suppress the COVID-19 virus.


Guidance for people with confirmed or possible Covid-19 (Coronavirus): how to dispose of waste

Government guidance for personal waste is as follows:

  • Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.

  • Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

(Exeter residents that do not have a wheelie bin: please follow the procedure outlined above and then place the double-bagged waste outside in your seagull-proof sack after 6pm on the night before your usual collection day.)



When this content has been updated

Last updated 2 June 2020