Household Waste Recycling Centres to reopen for essential visits only
All Wakefield Council's Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) will re-open from 8am on Monday 11 May.
Residents are being asked to only visit the HWRC if it is absolutely necessary. The Council will then monitor how effectively the sites are operating for the first few weeks of the reopening and will identify if a booking system needs to be introduced.
To support the Government's guidance on social distancing, a reduced number of cars only will be allowed on site. The Council ask that only one person, per vehicle visits the site unless there is impaired mobility. As part of the social distancing, to keep residents and staff safe, no help will be available at the site to unload and everyone is asked to maintain a two-metre distance between themselves and others at all times.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "We know how important it is to many of our residents to be able to dispose of excess rubbish properly, especially with more people staying at home during lockdown. As we move into the managing the next phase of the coronavirus outbreak, we, and our partners at Renewi, have been able to reprioritise our resources to enable us to reopen the recycling centres.
"We have worked very hard to get the sites open again, although the way we operate them will need to be different to protect residents and staff.
"People have been incredibly understanding when we needed to shut the sites and we ask that you continue to bear with us. We fully expect there will be long queues and ask for everyone to be patient and considerate."
Wakefield Council is putting traffic management in place on the main roads that access the three sites to try and minimise the impact. However, it is expected that there will be congestion and people are asked to avoid the area and only come to the site if absolutely necessary.
Anyone bringing waste to the sites must bring their permit or proof of address with them. No cars can be allowed access on to the site without this.
Cllr Jeffery added: "Unless you urgently need to come to the sites, we suggest that you leave it a few weeks for the queues to settle down. If you do need to come, please be patient and mindful of others. The most important thing is that everyone stays safe, and any restrictions we have in place are for the safety of people using the site and the staff so, please work with us and follow the instructions on site to help us all operate safely."
The HWRCs will be open daily at the following locations. Full details of opening times can be found at https://renewiwakefield.co.uk/household-waste-recycling-centres
- Flass Lane Glasshoughton, Castleford WF10 5JW
- Brigtanian Way, South Kirkby, WF9 3TH
- Denby Dale Road, Wakefield WF2 7AH
No vans or trailers will be allowed on site until 8 June, after which an appointment will be necessary.
It is important that people should not visit the HWRC if they are unwell, as they should be following the 7-day self-isolation guidance, or if a member of their household is unwell and they should be following the 14 day stay at home guidance.
The Council has provided information and guidance on its dedicated coronavirus information web page at bit.ly/CoronaWFD