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We’re all spending more time at home these days and it’s only natural that we may well come across household items that are now no longer needed or in use.
Our waste collection teams are working hard to maintain frontline services and you can help them by reducing the amount of recycling and refuse you produce at the kerbside.
You could, for example, ‘upcycle’ and put a radical new twist on that old chair or table, or repurpose your plastic and tin containers as flower and plant pots for your home or garden?
If you’re in regular contact with your neighbours via email, phone or a WhatsApp group, you might want to suggest swapping one piece of your unwanted furniture for theirs at some stage in the future?
That way, you’d be contributing to the circular economy as well as helping our waste collection teams to maintain frontline services.
Don’t fly-tip – it’s a crime and you will be fined.
Please remember though you should only be going outside for essential shopping (food or medicine), to work (if you’re a key worker/it’s not possible for you to work from home) or to exercise once a day. You must follow the social distancing measures and stay two metres apart.
Other than that, stay home, protect the NHS and save lives. Thanks for your continued support and understanding.
For further information, see our Refuse and Recycling page.
As the days get longer and the weather gets nicer, people may be tempted to spend more time outdoors - but it remains really important for you to all help tackle the spread of the coronavirus by staying home. This is the single most important thing we can do in order to save lives and protect the NHS.
The lockdown was introduced to stop the spread of the disease and shield those who are most vulnerable, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
Even if someone is not displaying symptoms, such as a dry cough or a high temperature, they may still be carrying this potentially fatal virus without knowing it. That’s why we all need keep at it and continue to practice social distancing to protect our friends, families and loved ones.
You must only leave your home for food shopping, to collect medicine, to support a vulnerable person, to exercise once a day, or to travel for work – but only if you cannot work from home.
Do not travel unless it is absolutely essential.
- See the government's social distancing guidance (external link)
- See the NHS guidance on coronavirus and staying at home (external link)
Charity, SignHealth, and online interpreting company, InterpreterNow, have created a brand-new, on-demand service for the UK’s Deaf community to support them during the coronavirus outbreak.
Many Deaf people rely on lipreading and support from family and friends to interpret for them - but this has become increasingly difficult during the outbreak with the current social distancing measure in place. Most health services have now been moved to over the phone and PPE being worn in health settings has also significantly reduced face-to face interpretation.
The new service enables the provision of free, on demand access to British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters – giving the Deaf community and health professionals the assistance they need to communicate effectively whilst adhering to government social distancing measures.
The service is available in the form of the InterpreterNow App or accessed on the BSLHealthAccess website (external link) on a PC.
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