WASTE and recycling collections will continue as normal.

But for households affected by the coronavirus, any waste materials that people who have the virus have come in contact with need to be handled carefully before they are collected to help prevent further spread of the virus.

A spokesman for Stroud District Council said: "With our partner Ubico we are working to ensure that waste and recycling collections continue as normal.

"Please continue to put your waste and recycling at the boundary of your property by 6am on collection day.

"If anyone in your household has had Coronavirus you will need to take extra precautions with your waste.

"Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags.

"These bags should be placed into a second bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste in the house in which you are self-isolating. Keep aside for at least 72 hours before putting into your usual grey wheelie bin.

"We recommend that people without wheelie bins who use authorised beige bags for their rubbish should place personal waste in a securely tied disposable rubbish bag (like a black bin bag) before placing in your beige sack.

"Recycling, food and garden waste can be presented as normal."