Waste - Coronavirus

Waste and recycling collections during COVID-19

As of today 17 April, all waste and recycling collections will continue as normal . 

Green bins/Garden waste

Green bins will be collected as usual. This follows a review by Watford Borough Council’s environmental services partner, Veolia, of their staffing pressures as a result of COVID-19.  The good news is that safe working practices and the community’s response to staying at home have both limited the spread of the virus, allowing Veolia to now operate the normal service in Watford. Please continue to put out your green bin as scheduled and include your food waste in it.  

Blue lidded bins

Blue lidded bins (recycling) will continue to be collected weekly. 

Black bins

Black bins (non recyclable waste) will continue to be collected weekly.  

Please continue to use your blue-lidded recycling bin and black bin as normal, with the exception of those self-isolating or confirmed to have coronavirus who need to follow the advice around how to get rid of their household waste.


Bulky waste

Bulky waste collection returned on 18 May. For more information, please view our press release.

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs)

Hertfordshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) reopened from Monday 11 May (including Waterdale and Rickmansworth) to allow residents, where essential, to dispose of waste that cannot be put in their normal recycling bins or safely stored at home.


Telephoning about your waste collections

Please avoid calling us about your waste collections unless you have an important or pressing issue. Please continue to call us to discuss:

  • clinical waste collections
  • missed bins
  • help with assisted collections

For more information on COVID-19 visit www.watford.gov.uk/coronavirus

Please check this page for updates regularly and help us by spreading the word to your neighbours, family and friends safely. Thank you.


Updated Friday 17 April 2020

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