Derbyshire County Council’s household waste recycling centres reopened with restrictions in place from Monday 18 May.
For us, that means that our two nearest centres at Melandra and Waterswallows will reopen.
They are advising residents are only advised to visit them if they have waste they cannot store safely at home.
You can check what types of waste are accepted at https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/…/what-we-can-and-cant-accept…
DCC advise that the safety of site staff, residents and the wider community are there number one priority for us vising and new measures are being introduced at all of our sites so that users and staff can stick to social distancing rules to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and to help manage traffic.
Amongst the measures are a traffic control system based on odd and even number plates and limiting the number of vehicles on-site at any one time.
To help the centres run smoothly, DCC is asking users to follow these ‘golden rules’:
- Only travel to your local recycling centre if it is essential because you can’t continue to store waste safely at home without it causing injury or harm. No other reason for the journey would be considered a legitimate purpose. Please use your kerbside bins and bulky waste services where possible or store until sites are operating as normal.
- If your journey is essential then check which day you can access the recycling centres based on your vehicle number plate and please be prepared to queue as social distancing measures mean fewer vehicles will be allowed on-site at any one time.
- Avoid taking excessive amounts of waste to keep vehicles moving in and out as quickly as possible to help reduce queue times. That means leaving vans and trailers at home for the time being.
- Wear protective gloves, appropriate footwear and clothing and only bring what you can safely handle as staff will not be able to help you carry your waste as they normally would.
- Keep the number of people on-site to a minimum by travelling alone – unless you need another adult from your household to help carry your waste – stay at least 2 metres away from staff and other users and wash your hands when you get home.
- Stay at home if you have had coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days, are self-isolating or at high risk of contracting the virus.
Vehicles will be allowed into recycling centres on certain days depending on whether the last number on their number plate is odd or even.
Vehicles with 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 as the last number will be allowed in on even-numbered dates in the month and those with 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be allowed in on odd-numbered dates in the month.
In addition, you should also:
- Be prepared to queue.
Fewer vehicles than usual will be allowed on-site at any one time to allow for social distancing. If you must visit check out traffic information and apps before you travel and avoid busy times and please avoid turning up early to queue. When the recycling centres are open, you can check the waiting times. (https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/…/recycling-centre-locations.…)
- Please help them to keep things moving
Avoid bringing excessive amounts of waste so they can get people in and out as quickly as possible and help reduce queue times. That means leaving vans and trailers at home for the time being. It’s also a good idea to sort your recycling before you travel to save time when you arrive.
- Keep your distance
Help keep the number of people on-site to a minimum by travelling alone unless you need another adult from your household to help carry your waste. Please stay at least 2 metres away from staff and other users and ramps and skips should be used by 1 person at a time only.
- Stay in your vehicle while queuing
Stay in your vehicle while queuing to help with social distancing. Please do not leave your vehicle until it is necessary to get out.
- Check where you need to go
The layout of some sites may have changed. If in doubt, ask a member of staff.
The photos in the post highlight the additional road signs which I understand will help with the traffic management, along with some of the other changes, including a specific for Melandra of not parking on the bridge.
For Waterswallows there are alternative access arrangements in place – you can view the diversion details here https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/…/waterswallows-household-was…
If you want details on the bulky collection service offered by High Peak, please go to the Council website at www.highpeak.gov.uk