Residents urged not to all turn up on the first day!
Many household items normally disposed of will not be permitted in the early stages of the reopening plans and a smaller list of materials has been announced to allow the sites to operate safely, providing social distancing measures for staff and visiting public.
Mark Thomas, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: “Although we are reopening on May 26, we would rather everyone does not turn up on the first day – putting a huge strain on the staff and the arrangements we are putting in place.
“Residents should ask themselves if they really need to visit a recycling centre, is it essential or can they hold on to their household waste until a later date.
“Our kerbside recycling service offers a wide range of opportunities for residents to recycle their household waste so this should be their first consideration.
“There is a much smaller list of materials that will be permitted at recycling centres and this does not include black bag waste. Please check the website for the full list of materials you can dispose of. We want to avoid a situation where residents are getting turned away.
“Long queues of traffic in other parts of the country have recently led to Councils closing recycling centres shortly after reopening because of traffic concerns. We want to avoid this as well. Residents can play their part by being sensible and only visiting one of our sites if it’s essential to them.”
For full information about the recycling sites, please go to: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/recyclingcentres
Neath Port Talbot Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering, Cllr Ted Latham said: “The HWRCs were closed on Welsh Government advice but it is felt the time is now right to restore safe access to these sites.
“There has been a tremendous response from residents in Neath Port Talbot to unprecedented lock-down measures and their thank you messages to our waste and recycling staff have been very much appreciated.
“I’m confident they will work with us as we seek to ensure our HWRCs can re-open while keeping staff and residents safe in the face of this ongoing pandemic.”
Neath Port Talbot residents in the Swansea Valley area will be able to use the HWRC at Lower Cwmtwrch: they are advised to check its revised procedures here http://www.powys.gov.uk/article/725/Household-Waste-Recycling-Centres before visiting.
• An online booking system for 20 minute slots will be available from 09.00am Friday 22nd May, http://www.npt.gov.uk/recyclingcentres, controlling the number of vehicles to a maximum of ten in Briton Ferry and three in Cymmer at any one time. Proof of residency will also be required at the HWRCs.
• You will be expected to respect the staff whilst on or waiting to access the site, everyone is finding things difficult at this time and staff are just complying with rules put in place to keep everyone safe.
• Only one person per vehicle will be allowed as a general rule but if that’s not possible, only one person should exit the vehicle while on site. Staff will help residents by providing direction and advice (in line with social distancing guidance) and residents will need to unload their own vehicles i.e. staff will not be able to help with unloading.
• Parking bays will be closed off on an alternating basis to prevent site-users from parking next to each other to achieve social distancing.
• Only cars, MPVs and 4x4s to be allowed on site. No trailers will allowed on site and the permit scheme for vans or trailers will not, initially, be re-introduced – no vans or trailers will be allowed on site. This will help speed up access to the sites.
• Extra signage and barriers will be in place to help enforce social distancing.
• The Re-use Shop will remain closed until the removal of restrictions on the opening of non-essential retail shops.
Along with regular cleaning of ‘touch points’, HWRC sites will be cleansed during and at the end of each day including walkways, handrails etc.