East London Waste Authority
East London Waste Authority

Waste & Recycling in COVID Times

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The four boroughs in East London are working hard to provide the best possible service during the COVID-19 crisis. Waste and recycling crews are designated key workers, and they are doing a fantastic job.

As most of us are now staying at home, more household waste will put pressure on our recycling and waste services. It’s down to us to help!

During the COVID-19/coronavirus outbreak it is particularly important to dispose of personal waste, such as used tissues, protective masks and disposable cleaning cloths properly. These items should never go in your recycling bin anyway as they cannot be recycled, and should always go in the general waste bin. If you have COVID-19/coronavirus symptoms, or have tested positive for the virus, you should follow these steps. This is essential to protect our collection and disposal crews from contracting the virus.


  1. All contaminated tissues and protective masks should be placed in your black bin, separated from the rest of your household waste.
  2. Tissues and other contaminated products should never be mixed with the household recycling.
  3. Double bag your general waste bin to avoid the spread.
  4. Store it at home for at least 72 hours before putting out for collection.
  5. Dispose of other household waste (including non-contaminated personal waste) as normal.

Other hints and tips:

Click on your Borough to discover your nearest Recycling Centre

Barking & Dagenham