By Tony Earnshaw, Local Democrac Reporter

The people of Kirklees are being asked to support bin workers as they continue their rounds to deal with the borough’s rubbish collections.

And as the Covid-19 pandemic continues residents are urged to follow basic safeguarding, such as double-bagging personal waste and ensuring the right kinds of waste go in the correct bins.

Clr Rob Walker, Kirklees Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, thanked the authority’s refuse collection teams and workers at Huddersfield’s recycling facility “for their hard work and dedication in these difficult times”.

He added: “They like many key workers are putting the good of the many above their own needs on a daily basis.

“Please respect the work they are doing by placing things in the correct bin.

“The recycling bins are sorted by hand and placing potentially hazardous items in with the recycling puts people at completely unnecessary risk.

“You wouldn’t put your family in that position so please don’t do it to someone else.”

Thousands of council workers and contractors are still working to keep the streets clean and free of rubbish during the coronavirus crisis.

By  the very nature of their job they are unable to work from home, which means they are more likely to come in contact with the virus.

The council says it is providing all the necessary equipment and doing everything it can to enable social distancing.

However there will inevitably be people who need to self-isolate, which will put a strain on collection crews and recycling facilities.

The council has asked people to follow the following guidelines:

  • Putting the right things in the right bin

The council has seen an increase in the amount of non-recyclable and potentially hazardous items being placed in green recycling bins.

Protective equipment such as overalls and masks should be placed in the household waste bin. If you have come in contact with anyone who is ill or self-isolating your overalls and masks should be double-bagged and not placed in the grey bin for 72 hours.

  • Double bagging personal waste

If you are ill or self-isolating please double-bag any personal waste, for example tissues and anti-bacterial wipes.  This waste should be kept separate from the rest of your rubbish and only put in the grey household bin after 72 hours.

  • Park sensibly on collection days

As more people are staying at home there are more cars on residential streets. Bin wagons are large and difficult to manoeuvre, so please leave room for them to get down your street and, if necessary, to turn around.

  • Washing your hands before and after touching your bin or rubbish bags

We should all be washing our hands more often,  and especially before and after touching something that other people might touch.

By washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before and after handling waste containers, you can help keep your family and the refuse workers safe.

  • Being responsible with your waste

The council understands that closing its household waste sites means you might want to contact a professional to take your waste away, however it is essential that you only use a registered waste carrier.

Ask to see their licence before you agree to hand over your waste.  If you don’t and your waste ends up fly-tipped you could end up with a big fine.

  • Reduce and re-use as much as possible

The council is aiming to keep collections running for as long as possible,  but now is a good time to start trying to reduce how much waste you create and how much you throw away.

It will be sharing ideas on its waste and recycling bulletins. To sign up go to  at www.kirklees.gov.uk/stayconnected