Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Advice and service updates Nick Cater November 2, 2020November 4, 2020 featured news 2 November, 2020 – As yet, there are no changes to collections or recycling sites due to the lockdown, although the Reuse Shop at Taunton Recycling Centre will be closed until further notice. All recycling sites are taking all materials. NOTE: If any kerbside collection is missed, report this via your My Waste Services here. Recycling site visitors must take responsibility to keep themselves and others safe. All sites are on their standard schedules with the existing safety restrictions, including: social distancing, gloves, masks discretionary, maximum two people – same household – in vehicle, no one with COVID-19 symptoms or those asked to shield, and site staff cannot offer manual assistance. https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ET-gs-fXgAQWEZJ.mp4 Keep everyone safe: see personal waste disposal advice, below Personal waste disposal advice The Government has provided guidance on how to dispose of personal waste, like tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, if you have Coronavirus symptoms. The guidance is for anyone with symptoms, including those diagnosed with the infection who must remain at home until they are well. It also applies to people in households with someone showing symptoms (a new, continuous cough and/or high temperature) that may be caused by coronavirus. Personal waste, should be stored securely in disposable rubbish bags. These should then be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within your home. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual rubbish outside your house, which will be collected as part of the usual collections. Other household waste can be disposed of as normal. Full guidance for people staying at home because of confirmed or possible infection can be found on the Government’s website here. Before putting waste containers out for collection and after taking them back in, please wash hands and disinfect container handles. Please maintain social distance from all waste staff.