Keeping people safe from the spread of coronavirus has meant making changes to how we work, to concentrate on the services that will help to keep people safe, and that the council must deliver by law.
Household bin collections
- Household bin collections returned to 3-weekly general waste and 2-weekly recycling collections from Monday 22nd June - please see our press release and FAQs for more details
- You can check the bin collection dates for your area on our bin collection pages
- Household glass recycling collections will resume from 6th July in Helensburgh and Lomond, and at a later date for Mull, Iona and Tiree
- Household food waste collections for Helensburgh and Lomond will resume at a later date.
- The Scottish Government has provided guidance about waste disposal if someone in the household has or is suspected of having COVID-19: NHS Inform - Guidance for households
Recycling centres / civic amenity sites
All our recycling centres returned to normal opening hours, for all types of rubbish and recycling on Thursday 2nd July. Social distancing rules are in place to ensure the safety of staff and customers - find out details and opening hours for your local site on our recycling centres page
Commercial rubbish and recycling collections
Rubbish and recycling collections for businesses started to return to normal collection schedules from 22rd June - find out more about the changes to commercial bin collections from 22nd June here
Our aim now is to start opening our public toilets in phases. We will work within government guidance, taking into account staff capacity, to provide an enhanced cleaning regime and promote physical distancing, and so keep customers and staff safe. Please follow national guidance on social distancing and hand hygiene when using the facilities. Our toilets can only remain open with the co-operation of the public to use them responsibly.
You can find planned dates for the reopening of public toilets on our public toilets reopening page
From Friday 3rd July, all car parks including Duck Bay and Luss will reopen. To help support communities, as a result of irresponsible parking in recent weeks and to ensure priority parking spaces are maintained, wardens will be actively monitoring our road network and car parks. From 11th July the enforcement of car parking charges will resume - find our more about reopening of car parks in our press release
Argyll and Bute’s 31 council-maintained play areas will start to re-open, with physical distancing, on Monday 29 June as part of Phase 2 easing of lockdown restrictions. Families with children using the equipment in the play parks are advised to follow good hand hygiene guidelines as play equipment is not sanitised. This includes - maintaining appropriate social distancing and cleaning hands before and after using equipment.
In accordance with national guidelines, there will be signage reminding everyone of the measures they can take to remain safe and there will be increased litter collections. The Scottish Government website also provides information on staying safe and protecting others
Football pitches should no longer be used for matches, but can be used for exercising as long as social distancing is respected.
Burial and cremation services
We are continuing to provide burial and cremation services, but limiting attendance to immediate family members (up to a maximum number of 8) - find out more about changes to burials and funerals here
Roadworks and repairs
We are continuing to make repairs to dangerous defects in infrastructure and follow up inspections as required, and to respond to emergency call outs and winter maintenance as necessary - all other roadworks have ceased for the moment until guidelines change.
Garden bonfires during COVID 19 lockdown
At this difficult time, when we all must stay in our homes, please be considerate to your neighbour. We are all in this together so let’s work together. Ask yourself: “Do I need to burn the garden waste right now?”
Please wait and consider your actions.
Before starting a garden bonfire, always check if your neighbours’ windows are open or if there is washing out drying. If possible do your burning after 18.00 hours.
From the safety of your garden, call out to your neighbours and discuss when would be a good time to burn your garden waste. Find out more on our bonfire advice page.
The situation is fluid and we may need to make changes at short notice. Urgent changes will be posted on our website: https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/service-disruptions. Information on longer-term changes will be issued on our social media channels, website and local press.