Covid 19 - Latest official waste-related advice and guidance

9th December 2020:  The Environment Agency updated its guidance for Technically Competent Managers (TCM) attendance during Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions on 7th December

Many operators are concerned about how they can satisfy attendance requirements whilst sites are running on reduced staffing levels while staff maybe ill or self-isolating.   This updated guidance is pragmatic in approach. 

There is also information on Technical Competence Schemes and difficulties of compliance as a result of Covid-19.  Full information here. 


7th August:  The Survey Report, Survey Results and Survey Trends documents for the week beginning 3rd August are now available on or Useful Documents page. 

3rd August: WISH has issued Version 8 of COVID_19 and Waste Management Activities (Information sheet 13).  The significant changes include the mention of employees returning from furlough and the move from 7 - 10 days of self-isolation, further tips and advice on risk assessment and additions on masks and face-coverings, including a new appendix 1 to this information sheet, on the pros and cons of face-coverings and masks. (Also available on our WISH page below).

13th July: Defra published new Guidance:  Coronavirus (COVID-19): disposing of waste - how to dispose of your personal or business waste, including face coverings and personal protective equipment (PPE), during the coronavirus pandemic.  This includes guidance for how the public should dispose of any PPE (gloves and face coverings) that they may be wearing (including when self-isolating) and guidance for businesses on how to manage PPE and cleaning waste when there is not a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19. Also available in our Defra page below.

Essential guidance relating to waste and recycling can be found below - please click on the link for the advice source you require:
Environment Agency
Natural Resources Wales 
Public Health England
Scottish Government
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) 
Welsh Government