While the vast majority of people are isolated in their households during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, key workers across the UK are on the frontline continuing to deliver for the nation. Along with countless professionals in the emergency services, health, social care and other vital sectors, the list of essential workers also includes waste management.

Cleaning up the streets and neighbourhoods of South Hams and West Devon is one such crew from FCC Environment, the UK's leading waste and resource management company. Over the last few weeks, the team has been receiving warm handwritten notes, drawings and social media messages as residents thanked them and wished them good health.

Mike Stass, Area Manager, FCC Environment said: "We were overjoyed to receive such encouraging and warm messages from the community. I am immensely proud of the FCC Environment team and the wider waste and resource management industry. We are doing our very best to continue our day-to-day duties during these extremely challenging times."

He added: "We also want to take this opportunity to reassure the public that FCC Environment is working hard to ensure that household waste is collected in a timely manner as well as urging them to continue to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as of their waste as possible."

About 107,000 people in the waste and resource management industry have been identified by the Government as key workers, among them are about 130 people from FCC Environment working on behalf of South Hams District & West Devon Borough Councils.

Household recycling and waste collections are operating as normal in the South Hams and West Devon area. Following Government advice, to protect workers and combat the spread of infection, anyone who feels ill at home (whether diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or not) should place all their waste in the general rubbish bin, and should double-bag it, making sure the bags are securely tied. They should then wait at least 72 hours before placing it out for collection. For now, this material should not be put in your recycling.

Since April 2019, FCC Environment has been providing all waste and recycling collection services as well as street and toilet cleaning services for South Hams District & West Devon Borough Councils.

Issued: 8 April 2020