Household Recycling Centres across Birmingham have shut their doors, following the closure of all non-essential shops due to coronavirus.

Recycling centres in Sutton Coldfield, Perry Barr, Castle Bromwich, Tyseley, and Kings Norton have closed to the general public.

In a statement, Veoila, the company who runs recycling centres across the West Midlands, said individuals should try to ‘bring their waste home’ with them. A spokesperson said:

“Take your recycling and waste home and store it securely until restrictions on non-essential travel are lifted.

“Do not leave your recycling and waste at the entrance to the site or on the street – this will be treated as fly-tipping.

“Do and you may be prosecuted.”

Veoila is to close all household recycling centres across the UK – including in BirminghamVeolia
Veoila is to close all household recycling centres across the UK – including in Birmingham

Garden bin and recycling collections are also on hold in many areas, to give household and clinical waste priority.

Subscribers to the garden waste service are advised to place the waste out in the brown bin as normal.

In a statement, Birmingham City Council advise that, in order to maintain a reliable refuse collection service, it may be necessary for crews to mix it with the general waste collection.

They also note who has had COVIID-19 or has displayed symptoms should follow government guidance to tie and double-bag their waste – and wait 72-hours before disposing of it in their household bin.

With lower staffing levels due to self-isolation, employees had been redeployed to support essential services across Birmingham.

It comes as the prime minister has called on the public to stay at home whenever possible and only venture out for essentials such as food or medicine.

On Friday, he ordered all pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres and other venues to close. Restaurants and cafes were told they could continue to offer takeaway food and drink.

Greggs, McDonald’s, Nando’s, Costa Coffee, Eat, Primark, Debenhams, Next and Waterstones, and The Works joined the growing list of restaurant chains and retailers closing all of their UK outlets as the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in the UK reach 9,529, and 463 deaths.

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