Carlisle City Council is thanking residents for their support as their frontline staff continue to deliver critical services to local communities.
The council’s frontline staff have been given thank you cards and have been welcomed with rounds of applause as they have been collecting household waste and recycling.
Cllr Nigel Christian, Portfolio holder for Environment and Transport, said: “We’re delighted with the support our refuse and recycling teams have received during exceptionally difficult circumstances. They’ve received thank you cards and even a few rounds of applause when they’ve been working hard delivering critical services. I’d like to pass on my personal thanks to all the staff from the City Council that have been working on the frontline and also those working behind the scenes to make sure we deliver the best services we can.”
The council has also taken steps to promote the government guidance to Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Saves Lives by installing signs on their side of all of their recycling vehicles.
Cllr Nigel Christian, added: “We want to promote the message and help protect our communities. We urge residents to continue following this advice.”
The council is doing everything they can to ensure household waste is collected during the coronavirus outbreak and are continuing to collect kerbside recycling (other than garden waste). They are asking residents to support them by:
- Helping to protect their crews by washing their hands before they put anything in their bin. Also wash their hands before putting out your bin or recycling container out for collection and when bringing it back in. Handwashing with soap and warm water for 20 seconds is still the most effective way to prevent the spread of infection. The council’s crews are wearing gloves, however, if you do this it will help keep our team safe, so we can continue to collect household waste and recycling. If possible, please wash your bin too.
- Making sure cars are parked so they do not block access for the bin wagons. With more cars at home, it is making it difficult to get around the streets easily.
- Show your support to their crews with a wave!
Thanks to all our residents for continuing to recycle. Please help our recycling team by:
- Rinsing tins and jars.
- Make more room in your recycling box and bag, by flattening cardboard containers, squashing cans and plastic bottles and replace bottle tops.
- Also to minimise the risk of littering, fasten your recycling bags and use a green box cover.
Please remember to wash your hands before and after you have handled your bin and recycling containers.
Cleaning and disposal of waste
When cleaning you should use your usual household products, like detergents and bleach, as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces. Clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails, remote controls and tabletops. This is particularly important if you have an older or vulnerable person in the house.
Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.
Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.