Gateshead Council appealed to the borough's residents to help keep its refuse collectors safe and slow the spread of coronavirus.
So far, blue and green bin collections will still take place as normal in Gateshead, with residents still expected to put their refuse out by 7.30am on the day of collection.
But, the authority says residents can do their bit to help stop its staff from contracting the illness.
How you can help
To help protect bin crews wash your hands before you put anything in your bin.
Also, wash your hands before putting your bin out for collection and when bringing it back in.
Hand washing with soap and warm water for 20 seconds is still the most effective way to prevent the spread of infection.
Gateshead bin crews are wearing gloves, however, the council says doing this will help keep its team safe, so it can continue to collect household waste and recycling.
The council said: "Any other bin washing is much appreciated too.
"Make sure cars are parked so they do not block access for the bin wagons. With more cars at home, it is making it difficult to get round the streets easily.
"Show your support to our crews with a wave or a picture in the window from the kids!"
What to do with waste if a household is affected by coronavirus
If someone in your home is suffering from coronavirus-type symptoms, or self-isolating due to a possible infection, any waste materials need to be handled very carefully before they are collected to help prevent further spread of the virus.
Place all personal waste such as tissues, wipes and disposable cleaning cloths in a separate disposable rubbish bag. Tie the top to prevent anything falling out.
When full place this bag into a second bag, that is also then tied securely.
Keep this bag for at least 72 hours in a place not accessed by people or pets.
Follow the guidelines about hand washing before using your bin and put the bag in your green household waste bin for disposal as normal.
Do not put the bag at the side of your bin.