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Recycling centre will open five days a week

 
Created on 20/05/2020 @ 08:51
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Newtown's waste and recycling centre will open on Tuesday, one of he first in Powys, but residents are being warned to adhere to the strict guidelines if visiting it.

Councillors are already worried about the volume of people likely to want to visit the site to dump recycling and waste.

It has been suggested that police might need to be in attendance initially.

The centre will open for "essential use" only.

The first two sites to open on Tuesday will be Newtown and Brecon, followed by Welshpool on Wednesday, along with others in the county.

From Tuesday, 26 May, the Newtown site will then open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday between 9am and 5pm and then Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 4pm.
 
"The essential use of the HWRCs is for residents who have accumulated waste which cannot be collected through the normal kerbside collection service and which cannot be stored safely at home until the lockdown restrictions are eased. Non-essential use puts yourself, other members of the public and our staff at risk from spreading the virus," said a Powys County Council spokesperson.
 
The following changes and restrictions will apply at all sites:
 
1.    If you, or anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms, you should follow government and NHS guidelines, self-Isolate and stay at home! Do not visit the HWRC. Any personal waste, such as tissues or wipes, should be double bagged and left for 72 hours before being put out for collection in our wheeled bin or purple sacks.
 
2.    You may be asked to provide proof of your address before entering the site – please have this with you and show it to a member of staff when asked.
 
3.    Only cars will be allowed into the HWRCs. Initially, no trade permits, or commercial vehicles or trailers permits will be allowed. This also helps to assist with managing demand, enforcing social distancing rules and controlling traffic levels. This will be continually under review and changed when appropriate.
 
4.    A limited number of cars will be allowed onsite at any time – this will cause delays, please be prepared to queue patiently in your car. If there are too many people waiting to enter, you may be asked to return at a quieter time to avoid causing disruption to the highway and local communities.
 
5.    Strict social distancing rules will be in place at all times. If these are breached, or you are abusive to staff, you will be asked to leave, and the police may be called.
 
6.    Where possible, there should only be one person per vehicle. Only one person is allowed to leave the vehicle to unload - this means that you can only take things that can be carried by one person. Staff on site cannot help unload or carry items under any circumstances.
 
7.    There will be a strict 10-minute time limit per car when on site – please segregate waste before arriving to help keep your visit short.
 
Please think carefully before you decide to visit the HWRC. Non-essential use puts yourself, other members of the public and our staff at risk from spreading the virus.
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