Update – Friday 29th May
Backwell and Portishead are now open but see the regulations below
Our recycling centres during the coronavirus pandemic
You should only take your waste to a recycling centre if you cannot store it safely at home.
- Only one visit per month. Automatic number plate recognition is in operation.
- No trailers.
- Only visit on your allocated days, based on the last number of your vehicles number plate.
Who shouldn’t visit the recycling centres
You should not visit our recycling centres if:
- you are in the extremely vulnerable category and are ‘shielding’
- you have coronavirus symptoms
- your household is self-isolating
- do not bring waste from your household for at least 72 hours (three days) after symptoms have passed. Waste from anyone who has had – or has suspected – coronavirus should be double-bagged and tied securely
Keeping queues to a minimum at the recycling centres
Only visit on your allocated days, based on the last number of your vehicles number plate
- If the last number on your number plate is an odd number (such as AB59 CDE) you can visit the recycling centre on a Monday, Thursday or Saturday.
- If the last number on your number plate is an even number (such as FG62 HIJ) you can visit on a Wednesday, Friday or Sunday.
All number plates will be accepted at the centre on Tuesdays at Backwell and Weston (Portishead is closed on Tuesdays).
Before you visit our recycling centres
Before visiting our recycling centres there are a few things you should do:
- Check when the centre is open.
- Sort your items when you pack your car up to save time when you get to the centre.
- Check there are no restrictions on the items you are bringing.
- Use a mapping app with the live traffic layer turned on so that you can see how busy the roads are near the centre.
You should only pack items which you can lift into the skips on your own. Only one person is allowed to leave each vehicle and our recycling centre staff cannot help you unload. Exceptions will be made for people with mobility issues where two people can unload from the same vehicle.
Think about what you are bringing:
- Could your item(s) can be recycled or safely stored at home?
- Could you hold on to the item(s) for now and give them to a charity shop when they reopen?
When you arrive at the centre
When you arrive at one of our recycling centres you should:
- expect longer waiting times than normal
- read all the signs to help you use the site safely
- be patient and respectful to staff on site and follow their instructions – delays are beyond their control
- not leave your vehicle until it is necessary to get out
- wear protective gloves to avoid injury and to protect yourself from infection
- make sure you stick to social distancing – to keep people two metres apart only one person should be at each skip at any time.
After your visit
When you get home from the recycling centre you should wash your hands straight away.
We want to make sure everyone who needs to use the centre can do, so please don’t use the centre more than once a month.
Original post 15th May 2020
Opening of sites