HWRC to reopen to larger vehicles

02/06/2020, PR-9418

​Wakefield Council's Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) will reopen to vans and trailers from Saturday 6 June.

Vans, pickups, campervans and minibuses will be allowed on site at weekends only for residents to bring their household waste. A valid commercial vehicle permit will be required to gain access.

Vans and pickups with trailers will be permitted with a valid commercial vehicle permit.

Cars with trailers will also be allowed on site at weekends only and a valid household permit is required. Trailers must be no larger than 6ft x 4ft.

To apply for or renew your commercial vehicle permit, please visit https://www.renewiwakefieldpermits.co.uk

Residents are being reminded to only visit the HWRC if it is absolutely necessary and should only visit once or twice a week.

To support the Government's guidance on social distancing, a reduced number of vehicles 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 Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

​Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty, said: "I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding since we, and our partners at Renewi, reopened the HWRC last month and we are pleased that we are now also able to accept larger vehicles at weekends.

"We fully expect there will be long queues, with larger vehicles taking longer to unload, and ask for everyone to continue to be patient and considerate. There will be no pedestrian access permitted at any site.

"We ask that you only visit the sites if it is absolutely essential and would advise those in cars to try and avoid weekends. If you do need to visit the HWRC, please be mindful of others. The most important thing is that everyone stays safe, and the restrictions we have in place are for the safety of people using the site and our staff so, please work with us and follow the instructions on site to help us all operate safely."

The full list of vehicle and permit types that will be allowed on site at weekends only is available at https://www.renewiwakefieldpermits.co.uk/permits/what-permit-do-i-need

Please note that permit applications and document verification is only available online and cannot be done on site due to the social distancing measures in place.

Anyone who does not have a valid permit will be refused access.

The HWRC may have to close earlier than advertised if there are long queues.

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