Slow the spread: Dispose of waste properly

Published on 26 March 2020


Horsham Rural City Council is urging residents to dispose of waste the right way during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Waste collection services are currently operating as normal.

However Infrastructure Services Director John Martin said the way people disposed of their waste could make a difference.

“As always, please do not overfill your waste or recycling bins or put them where they may easily tip over and spill. The lid should be able to close completely,” Mr Martin said.

“This will help stop potentially infectious items from escaping,” he said.

Mr Martin said there were other special measures people could take to help stop the spread of the virus.  

“Please ensure that any tissues or other sanitary items are wrapped in a garbage bag or similar, prior to placement into your kerbside waste bin.”

“People should also put their bins out for collection every week until further notice, even if it’s not yet full,” he said.

Council also recognises that some households may produce more waste during the pandemic as workers stay at home.  

“Please compact rubbish if possible, prior to placing it into your kerbside bin.  Do not compact waste already inside the bin as it will likely become stuck and not empty properly,” Mr Martin said.

“These measures will provide residents with maximum capacity at home in the event of an unforeseen disruption to collections.

“They will also help to ensure the safety of Council staff conducting collections, and other residents,” he said. 

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