Council issue reminder on recycling rules after 'big queues' seen snaking around Nottinghamshire tips

Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste team have issued a reminder on the rules around recycling after large queues were spotted outside tips over lockdown, blocking main roads.

By Sophie Wills
Thursday, 25th March 2021, 11:47 am
Updated Thursday, 25th March 2021, 11:53 am

The county’s 12 recycling centres remain open- but only for items that can not be stored safely at home until after lockdown ends, under Government guidance.

Mick Allen, group manager for Place Commissioning, Place and Communities at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We have noticed an increasing number of people are visiting the sites which is resulting in queueing at busy times.

“I’d like to remind residents that we are currently in a national lockdown and people should only be taking waste to the recycling centres if absolutely necessary and the waste cannot be stored safely at home or disposed of through the regular kerbside services.”

The county’s 12 recycling centres remain open but only for items that can not be stored safely at home until after lockdown ends.

Nottinghamshire recycling centres are currently open 8am to 6pm, which will extend to 8am to 8pm from April.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to local people who have worked with us during these challenging times and also to the staff who are working hard to keep the sites open and running,” added Mr Allen.

Nottinghamshire County Council is reminding residents:

Only visit sites if you absolutely have to dispose of waste, and then only use your nearest centre.

Social distancing measures are still in place at their sites and you may have to queue- please avoid queuing on main roads.

Sort your waste in to different types before you arrive.

Avoid busy periods if possible, such as weekends and between 10am and 4pm.

Only one person should get out of each car so just take waste that you can comfortably carry by yourself. The sites cannot currently provide help to carry your waste except in emergency situations.

Visitors are advised to wear a face covering at the centres if their health allows and should stay at home if they have coronavirus symptoms.

Visitors are advised to sanitise their hands before arrival and as they leave.

The sites only accept household waste from Nottinghamshire residents who have a permit and no commercial waste.

Use your kerbside collection bins as much as possible.

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