Household Recycling Centres – Reopening Information
We are pleased to announce that all five Household Recycling Centres in Flintshire will reopen on Tuesday, 26 May 2020. The centres will operate between 09.00hrs and 20.00hrs daily.
We have been keen to reopen our centres as they are so important to our public. All centres across Wales were closed in March because public travel to the centres - for recycling and waste disposal - was classed as non-essential travel under the emergency Government regulations.
We have been working closely with Welsh Government on plans to re-open our sites, alongside all other councils in Wales, with a reopening target date for the end of May. Welsh Government has this week passed regulations to re-allow public transport to centres. This means that we can now ‘press go’ on our plans to re-open.
Most councils will be reopening their centres around the same time. Some may be reopening earlier. We are not in a position to bring forward our target date as we have deployed the operational teams who work at the centres to help with the interim household garden collection service which is running this week and next week.
Reopening the centres on a bank holiday weekend could lead to long queues to the frustration of customers and operators alike. By reopening on a Tuesday demand is more likely to be spread across the week - avoiding long queues which could spill onto the highway and lead to traffic congestion and the risk of traffic collisions.
Demand will be high in the first week and we call for everyone’s cooperation in avoiding making a trip in the first few days if they can.
The safety of the public and our workforce must be protected and the following safety controls will be in place at the centres:
- full compliance with all health and safety regulations and government guidance;
- the availability of appropriate sanitation stations for site users and operatives;
- social distancing measures for customers and operatives with no assistance able to be given to customers to remove and carry materials from their vehicles;
- traffic management and control systems with limited numbers of vehicles allowed in at a time.
Please be patient with these new controls and work with us to keep everyone safe.
We anticipate that demand for the service will be significant over the first few days of operation and the centres will need to be carefully managed to ensure the safety of our residents and employees.
To help reduce the early demand at the centres we have resumed garden waste collections - for a two week period only from Monday 11 May to Saturday 23 May - for residents who subscribed to the service for either 2019 or 2020. More information about this one off collection can be found on the Garden Waste Collection page on our website. We plan to return to a more regular green waste collection service as soon as possible.
More information on accessing the centres will come out next week.