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Eastern Amenity site reuse area 'overwhelmed' by spring cleaners

Parts of the facility now closed to the public

The Eastern Civic Amenity site has closed its reuse area after being 'overwhelmed' by the numbers of people coming to leave household goods.

Douglas Council leader David Christian says staff believe the surge in use is down to some mass spring cleaning being done by those who've had to stay home during the pandemic. 

A queuing system has been put in place at the site to ensure social distancing guidelines are enforced, with authorities urging any users to consider whether their trip is necessary.

Recycling material can still be disposed of at the site.

Yesterday (24 Mar) the council announced it had suspended its kerbside recycling until further notice, as it's not an essential service, and could not be carried out whilst meeting public health guidelines.

Mr Christian explained more to Local Democracy Reporter Ewan Gawne:

Weekly bin collections remain unchanged, though households that have tested positive, or are awaiting tests results for COVID-19, are asked to take precautions when taking out the rubbish.

Personal waste like tissue and disposable cleaning cloths should be disposed of in a rubbish bag, then placed in another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste.

This should then be set aside for 72 hours before it's put in the outside household waste bin.

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