Action to ensure waste and recycling services continue

Black bin

Worcester City Council's waste and recycling collection team is working hard to make sure the city's bins are emptied during the corona virus pandemic.

Eleven crews were out in operation today, and are aiming to complete all outstanding black bin collections by the end of tomorrow (Friday 4 April). From next week, residents should continue to leave their black bin out on their normal collection day.

The City Council also recommenced its recycling collection service today. It is asking residents to leave green recycling bins out for collection until the waste crew reaches them – with the aim of completing all outstanding green recycling bin collections by Friday 10 April. From next week, please continue to put your green recycling bin out for collection as normal.

"I'd like to thank Worcester residents for their patience at this incredibly challenging time," said Cllr Joy Squires, Chair of Worcester City Council's Environment Committee.

"Government guidelines require everyone, including members of our waste collection team, to self-isolate in specific circumstances. We have redeployed staff from other areas and have partnered with other authorities to provide reinforcements.

"I would like to thank staff for rising to the challenge – and everyone else working hard to provide front line services so that we can stay at home and save lives."

A reasonable amount of excess waste which won't fit in bins will be taken by crews, but this must be placed in sealed bags.

If your black bin has not been collected by Friday 4 April, please report it.

The waste and recycling team will be working on the Good Friday bank holiday (10 April) so please leave your bin out if Friday is your normal collection day.

Please remember:

  • Please observe social distancing (two metres or six feet) when interacting with our crews
  • Please wash your hands before taking your bin out – and after taking it back in
  • If you or a member of your household are self-isolating with Covid-19 symptoms or suspected of having contracted the virus it is important that all personal waste, such as tissues, is double-bagged and kept separate from other waste for 72 hours, before being placed in the black bin. Further information is available at
  • Please bear with us – this is a changing situation. Go to for service updates. 
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