How coronavirus will affect bin collections in Leicester and Leicestershire

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, changes are being introduced to recycling and waste collection services across Leicester and Leicestershire.

An increase in staff sickness levels is impacting some recycling and waste services.

This may result in general rubbish and food waste collections being prioritised and other services being suspended at short notice, such as recycling or bulky waste collections.

We have provided a summary of key changes to waste and recycling services in your council area below.


Leicester City Council

Both Freemen’s Common and Gypsum Close recycling centres are now closed, including the trade waste facility. 

Bookings for any bulky waste collection service have temporarily been suspended.

All other services are currently operating as normal.

Charnwood Borough Council

The council has suspended their garden waste service since 23 March for a period of at least two weeks due to staff shortages.

Clinical waste collections will now be every fortnight and not weekly. The next collection will be April 8, 2020.

All of the recycling and household waste sites have been closed by Leicestershire County Council.

Blaby District Council

Refuse and Recycling collections are continuing as normal but bulky waste is not being taken.

The council says bin lorry crews may be redeployed from other areas and delays may occur as they may be unfamiliar with the streets they are covering.

North West Leicestershire District Council

From Monday 30 March, garden waste and cardboard collections across the district will not take place.

The council has also currently suspended collection of bulky waste.

All black bin and recycling collections are currently running as normal 

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Garden waste collections and bulky waste collections have been suspended for at least a fortnight.

Harborough District Council

All collections are continuing as normal.

Oadby & Wigston Borough Council

The council has suspended bulky waste collections from Monday 30 March.

Melton Borough Council

The council has suspended bulky waste collections from 23 March. No bookings for collections will be taken until further notice. 

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