TIPS across Herefordshire will be closed following the introduction of new measures to control the spread of coronavirus.

With new restrictions meaning more people are now in isolation, working, or caring for another person at home, many will be thinking of ways to occupy the coming weeks.

But big clear-outs are not advised unless you have spare storage space, as Herefordshire Council has confirmed sites in Bromyard, Hereford, Kington, Ledbury, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye will remain shut for at least three weeks.

Closures are also in effect in Worcestershire, meaning Malvern and Tenbury's household recycling centres are also closed.

The household collection service continues as normal, but please check the councils website regularly for updates.

The council has published advice for people to manage waste from home.

  • Cut and drop: Don’t collect grass cuttings unless you intend to use them for home composting, simply cut the grass without the collector on.
  • Create a compost heap: No matter the size of your garden you should have space for a heap. If not use a low cost home composter to keep the garden tidy.
  • DIY waste: Store your DIY waste responsibly until restrictions are lifted.
  • New appliances: Request that the supplier takes back the old appliance wherever possible.
  • General waste: With many stores struggling to keep up with demand for groceries and everyday household items, the council has asked people to create a meal plan to reduce waste. Store perishable food in the freezer wherever possible.
  • Do not burn your waste: Burning most waste is illegal. Store any waste that cannot be collected safely until restrictions are lifted.