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Scottish government launches waste guidance campaign

aimed at helping residents to better manage waste in light of service disruption brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.

As part of this, a new website – managingourwaste.scot – will give householders and businesses updates and guidance on how to manage waste. Local authority websites will continue to provide the latest updates on local service changes, said Zero Waste Scotland.

The campaign has been launched by the Scottish Government alongside Zero Waste Scotland, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).

Advice includes storing waste for 72 hours if anyone in a household is showing symptoms of the virus, and cleaning bin handles with disinfectant, and also putting rubbish out the day before collections.

Environment and climate change secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “We owe a massive thank you to all those in the waste industry who are working hard to keep services running in challenging circumstances. While they do their best for us it’s vitally important that we do what we can to help them by following the advice on properly dealing with and reducing waste. “

Disruption

The statement announcing the initiative explained that some waste and recycling collection services across Scotland are temporarily disrupted as a result of the coronavirus. “This is necessary to prioritise the health of workers in line with government guidance and deal with the impact of staff shortages”, the Scottish government said.

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