All Household Waste Recycling Centres in Knowsley and most of the centres across the region were reopened by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) on Monday 4 May 2020.
Councillors on the Authority decided to open with restrictions and subject to traffic management plans being in place for each site. MRWA is currently working with council highways departments and the police on their respective plans.
MRWA along with its contractor Veolia will be implementing clear operating guidelines with respect to the necessity of visits, social distancing on site and queuing. The priority at all times is the safety of residents and the hard working staff at all of the centres. The restrictions are:
- The number of vehicles allowed on site will be restricted, and queuing times will be significantly higher.
- Cars only
- One person per vehicle (NB. Blue Badge holders will be able to be accompanied by one family member)
- No vans, commercial-type vehicles or large trailers.
- Social distancing of at least 2 metres will be strictly enforced.
- Site employees will not be able to assist with unloading.
- Sites will be open 8am – 8pm every day.
If households have had COVID-19 symptoms then waste should be left for at least 72 hours before disposal and personal waste should be safely double bagged. Place it in your normal bin collection if you can.
For more information please check MRWA’s website www.merseysidewda.gov.uk and social media @MerseysideRWA.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said: “I’m really pleased that MRWA have taken this decision, which I think is the right one.
“With all of us staying at home more, we’re naturally creating a lot more rubbish. People are concerned about the build up of waste in their homes, gardens, yards or alleys – and the possibility of an increase in flytipping. We’ve been determined since the start of this that we’d do everything we could to continue collecting people’s bins as usual but we know the closure of the household waste recycling centres has been difficult for people.
“I want to thank everyone who has been doing their bit – safely storing up waste, recycling more – even starting a compost heap. We expect that when tips reopen they will be busy so, if you can continue to manage your waste without visiting then please continue to do so. We expect longer than normal queues and things may take longer due to the strict social distancing that must be in place. But I’m pleased that for those who cannot safely store their waste at home, the recycling centres are an option once again.”
Please note, the three sites that are exceptions to the reopening are:
- Rainhill, St. Helens
- Formby, Sefton
- Sefton Meadows, Sefton
These sites will remain closed, pending further detailed discussions with local councils and the police to ensure safe traffic management arrangements are implemented.