COVID-19 Information

Date Published: Monday 4th May 2020

LAST UPDATED:  14-May-2020

To date, many unprecedented challenges have been faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Under strict UK government guidance, the requirement has been to stay at home and self-isolate to control and restrict the spread of COVID-19.  With recent developments, the UK now begins the next phase of the response to the virus by easing existing lockdown measures and the government have provided guidance on how this is to be managed:

It is asked that where possible that homeworking continues, so until further notice and in line with UK government guidance, the RECOUP team remain home-based.  We would like to reassure you that we are working hard to support all our members, providing the best service possible under current circumstances.  Please do not hesitate to contact us at, if we can be of further help to you over this challenging period.

There has largely been very informative media information circulated lately and we encourage you to keep up to date by following guidance on GOV.UK.  However, we felt that it might be helpful to provide a summary of a few of the public reports and links.

DEFRA Guidance on Waste Collections

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have updated their guidance for waste collection services during the COVID-19 pandemic; click here for the latest.

High priority has been given to residual waste, food waste, fly-tipping, clinical waste as well as care home waste and assisted collections.

Environment Agency Advice on Waste Storage

The Environment Agency (EA) published a COVID-19 regulatory position statement (RPSs) that allow waste facility operators to temporarily store more waste than their permit allows if they cannot remove waste from their site because of COVID-19 restrictions.  Click here to access the EAs latest COVID-19 regulatory position statements.

Circular Economy Fund

With effect from 14 May 2020, the Welsh Government and WRAP Cymru have made some changes to the £6.5 million Circular Economy Fund following challenges faced by many organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The changes have been implemented in order to support even more organisations and more quickly, and eligible organisations may now apply for capital grants from £6,000 (previously £25,000) to £750,000.

WRAP Cymru will be running a free webinar at 10:00 on Thursday 21 May 2020 so if you want to explore this further, simply visit their website to register:–free-webinar-21-05-2020

Additional Health & Safety Information and Guidance

The protection of both waste management workers and the general public means that it is essential that the highest levels of health and safety are observed, including providing adequate and hygienic washing facilities for personnel, updated risk assessments, deployment and use of appropriate PPE, and clear procedures in the event of a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the workforce.

Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum (WISH) has updated their COVID-19 and Waste Management Activities Information Document. Some of the changes include the addition of RIDDOR requirements, expansion of cleansing procedures, as well as updates on change management, MRF’s and vehicle & collections operations.

National Cyber Security Centre

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) launched a Cyber Aware campaign and published a number of guidance documents on cyber security, including advice about how businesses can use video conferencing safely and securely.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open, having been extended until the end of October 2020.  The scheme will continue in its current form until the end of July and the changes to allow more flexibility will come in from the start of August. More specific details and information around its implementation will be made available in due course.

CIWM Launched WasteSupport Platform

The WasteSupport platform launched on 17 April 2020 by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), it aims to help Local Authorities needing help due to COVID-19.  Local Authorities can upload the service capacity support they need. Commercial waste collection firms with excess capacity indicate where they can help, and the platform provides a virtual marketplace to match these up.  The system only allows local authorities and licenced/permitted operators to use it with everyone signing up having to prove their credential to fully access the site.  To read the full article please click here.  

Click here to sign up to the platform.

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