The latest advice and guidance we have which is relevant to local authorities' waste and recycling services and their residents is listed below and currently comes from Defra, the HSE and WISH.
I’m sure you are all still reeling from the developments of the last few weeks, and the latest announcement from the Government that we must all stay at home where possible.
It’s important, right now, for us all to be as transparent and as communicative as possible. A big advantage of facing huge problems in these times is that we can be in touch, we can share issues, concerns and even solutions. LARAC has been working hard on behalf of its members and engaging with DEFRA, Devolved Governments, the wider industry and other local authority organisations since this crisis started.
To date there has not actually been much waste related guidance released. Currently local authorities are enacting their own contingency plans with little dictate from central government. To a certain extent this allows for the local circumstances you must contend with. Defra has been very much in information gathering mode, not information giving mode, but below is what we have so far:
They say that nature abhors a vacuum, but right now anything to slows down or delay the onward transmission of the corona virus could be viewed as a good thing. Governments around the world have acted to fill that space and been reacting with different policies and at different timescales but with a common objective – delay, delay, delay.