Councillor Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder and John Golding, Strategic Lead for Housing, Health and Environment have confirmed that the council has closed parks, gardens, play areas and beach huts/beach hut sites.
The green waste and bulky waste services have also been temporarily suspended in order to focus resources on kerbside recycling and refuse collections. Please keep checking the waste and recycling hub on the East Devon website:
However, planning and building control remains open for business as construction continues.
“Following Government guidance on social distancing, we have closed our parks and gardens, play areas, public toilets and provision of beach huts and sites to help restrict the spread of coronavirus.
“We’ve been closely following government advice and this is the responsible thing to do to help with our country’s response to coronavirus.
“With restrictions on our own staffing, this will also mean we can continue to provide other key frontline services for the time being, such as litter collection and kerbside recycling and waste collections.
“We urge people to stay local, avoid non-essential travel and observe social distancing. “
East Devon District Council has closed the following facilities to limit social interaction and to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus infection:
For the most up to date information please visit the East Devon website: https://eastdevon.gov.uk/coronavirus/
Where sites can’t be closed, such as at East Devon’s beaches and nature reserves, the council is reminding people to respect the Government’s social distancing and hygiene guidance:
This guidance is being updated regularly, please visit the government’s website for the most up to date information:
Suspension of green waste and bulky waste collections
The council has suspended its green waste and bulky waste collections so that it can focus its available resources (drivers and loaders) on high priority services, such as waste and recycling collections. Normal service will be resumed when the current situation improves. We are not able to take any new green waste subscriptions. Existing green waste customer are being asked to renew their subscription when it expires. The council is planning to move all green waste subscription renewal dates to a time period that will match the service suspension period. This will need to be open ended at the moment. The council will add the current suspension period to the subscription period when the service is resumed, so customers will get a full 12 months of collections.
Bulky waste collections are suspended until further notice and the council is not able to take any further new collection bookings. However, if you have a collection already booked East Devon will make the collection as arranged.
Further advice on reducing and managing waste at home - store at home for now if you can
For the next few weeks more people will be at home so many will use their time to tidy garages, sheds, lofts and gardens. Doing this will create additional waste, which needs to be managed at home, particularly as Devon County Council has closed all its household waste and recycling centres until further notice.
Here are some tips which will help reduce waste quantities and prevent nuisance:
Household items, books, toys
Plastics, paper, cardboard
Dog waste, cat litter
This is a good opportunity to reduce, re-use, repair and refurbish!
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