With coronavirus infection rates in North Devon one of the highest in the county, residents are being reminded to follow advice when presenting their black bins for collection.

North Devon Council is reminding residents that any household within the district where someone has coronavirus or coronavirus symptoms must double bag their waste and leave for 72 hours before placing out for collection as part of their usual collection round. This action is needed to protect the council's Waste and Recycling Crews as they carry out their rounds across the district.

Residents are also being reminded of potential service disruption due to staff shortages in waste and recycling as some crew members have been advised to self-isolate. 

Lead Member for the Environment at North Devon Council, Councillor Netti Pearson, says: "We really need to work together during this pandemic and do everything we can to stop the spread across our district. I would like to thank our residents for all their hard work and support so far to help keep our waste and recycling crews as safe as possible as they carry out their vital role during this time."

If bins or recycling are missed, customers are advised to leave them out for 48 hours but if they aren't collected, to take them back in and put them out again on their next scheduled collection day alongside any extra waste.