Household Waste Recycling Centres re-open but with strict social distancing measures
Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) across Doncaster have now reopened following temporary closures being put in place due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The following sites in Doncaster are now open: Armthorpe, Balby, Carcroft.
Meanwhile, sites at Conisbrough and Hatfield will reopen on Saturday 9 May.
Rossington HWRC remains closed until further notice due to essential drainage works being carried out.
There are significant restrictions in place to protect staff and residents from any potential risk of Covid-19.
Residents are urged in the strongest sense to stay away unless their visit is essential.
Alternatives to visiting the sites include composting or storing store garden waste at home if possible, but if the waste is beginning to smell, this can be brought to the sites but only where essential.
Those with other waste which they have accumulated for example from tidying the garage or shed in recent weeks are asked to hold onto it wherever possible until social distancing measures are relaxed.
Cllr Chris McGuinness, Cabinet Member of the Environment said: “I’m sure many people will be relieved to see that the HWRCs are reopening following earlier health and safety issues related to Covid-19. This does not mean that people should rush to them in an instant though.
“We understand the need to dispose of unhygienic waste, particularly during the current period of isolation where people are spending significantly more time at home.
“However – and I must stress this point emphatically - it is absolutely vital that social distancing measures are in place and adhered to in order to protect staff and residents from the risk of Covid-19.”
Restrictions in place mean that there will be a limited number of vehicles on site at once and a thorough queuing system in place.
Only one adult per vehicle (cars and small vans only – no trailers or large vans) is allowed on site and staff will not be able to assist in disposing of items
Meanwhile the following items will not be accepted at any of Doncaster’s Household Waste Recycling Centres until further notice: Electrical appliances of any size including fridges and freezers, cookers and ovens, clothes and fabrics, plasterboard, engine oil, vegetable oil, batteries, asbestos, gas bottles, plastic bottles and hard plastics (such as plastic furniture and toys).
For more information, such as opening hours, please go to www.doncaster.gov.uk/hwrc
A reminder that waste offloaded without permission is classed as fly-tipping. ‘Fly-tippers have been warned that they face a crackdown and hefty fines’ of up to £50,000 and up to five years in prison.