Recycling sites re-open – but with strict measures in place

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Household Waste Recycling Centres across Rotherham have re-opened from today to give residents the chance to dispose of essential waste – but strict measures are in place as the lockdown continues.

The four Household Waste Recycling Centres are operating on their normal opening days with reduced opening hours of 10.30am to 5.30pm.

As the Government’s ‘stay at home’ advice is still in place, residents should only visit the recycling sites if it is absolutely necessary – where excess waste cannot be stored at home safely.

Residents are asked to be mindful not to immediately rush to sites in the first few days. Given social distancing restrictions on site, longer waiting times are expected so please be patient.

For road safety, the length of queues are being restricted, and customers will be asked to return later if the queues are too long.

The Council reserves the right to close the sites temporarily if long queues are forming and they are causing an obstruction on the highway.

At this time the following items will not be accepted: DIY waste (including rubble, wood and wet paint), plaster board, hard plastic and plastic bottles, textiles, motor oil, vegetable oil, batteries and gas canisters, and domestic appliances including fridges.

Bulky items that cannot currently be disposed of at household waste sites can be collected via the Council’s bulky waste service.

Residents with garden waste are asked not to bring this to the household waste sites at the current time and collections of brown bins will be resuming next week.

The health of residents and the workforce remains the priority of Rotherham Council and site managers FCC Environment – therefore everyone entering the sites must follow social distancing measures.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads, and Community Safety Cllr Emma Hoddinott said: “We would like to thank residents for their patience during the lockdown. We are opening the sites but we are expecting longer wait times so please be careful about when you choose to visit and follow the strict new measures put in place in order to protect both those visiting and the staff on site – and only make the journey if it’s absolutely necessary.”

Anyone planning to visit a recycling site is asked to abide by these new restrictions:

  • Only cars and small vans will be allowed on site. Transit-type vans and trailers of any kind will not be permitted, therefore the usual permit system will not apply at this time.
  • Only one adult per vehicle.
  • Only a limited number of vehicles will be allowed on site. When the limit is reached, a one-in one-out system will operate.
  • Traffic management will be in place and due to safety concerns queuing outside will be restricted. Residents may be asked to leave and return at a later time.
  • Social distancing of 2m should be followed at all times.
  • Please bear in mind that, due to health and social distancing reasons, staff on site will not be able to help residents carry their waste. Therefore residents should only bring items they can comfortably carry themselves.

These restrictions will help to ensure those who need to use the sites can access them, without creating the kinds of difficulties that might necessitate closure.
Opening days are:

  • Greasbrough - Car Hill, S61 4QL (closed every Wednesday except 6 May)
  • Bramley - Lidget Lane, S65 4LY (closed every Friday)
  • Rawmarsh - Warren Vale, S62 7SS (closed every Thursday)
  • North Anston - Magilla, Common Road, S25 4AH (closed every Tuesday)

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Published: 6th May 2020