Most collection services now operating as normal, says survey

The majority of local authority waste collection services in England are now operating as normal, according to the latest Covid-19 impacts survey carried out by the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT).
The survey polls English councils on the impact of Covid-19 on their waste services during the pandemic. The 14th and most recent survey, published on 20 July, records most LAs responding that all of their collection services are operating as normal, including 92 per cent of residual waste services and 82 per cent of recycling services.
In the latest survey, 75 per cent of responding LAs reported continued minor disruption to HWRC services, owing primarily to social distancing measures. Mechanical biological treatment (MBT) services reported a slight increase in disruption, while 16 per cent of material recycling facilities (MRFs) continue to report some form of disruption, but all other disposal services are now largely operating normally.
Ian Fielding, Chair of ADEPT’s Waste Group, said: “One of the biggest changes we can see to waste services as a result of the lifting of many lockdown restrictions is the change to commercial waste collections.
“With more bars and restaurants, shops and offices opening, there has still been an increase in the normal operation of services in this sector. Local authorities are able to manage the continued higher levels of household waste and recycling alongside the increasing levels of commercial waste.”