Here's what you need to know before taking your waste to Seamer Carr or Cholmley Way, Whitby

Guidance has been given to people visiting two Household Waste Recycling Centres in the borough which will reopen tomorrow.

Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 3:40 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 3:41 pm

The sites at Seamer Carr in Scarborough and Whitby’s at Cholmley Way are to open again, but the Burniston Road tip in Scarborough is to remain closed at this time.

North Yorkshire County Council chief executive Richard Flinton has said 10 of the county’s 20 tips will be brought back into use.

He added that the reopening would be on a “phased basis”.

The site at Seamer Carr

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Mr Flinton said: “We are only opening sites where we can cope with the anticipated demand and the impact on the highways.”

The 10 centres will be open seven days a week and bank holidays and opening hours will be 8.30am to 5pm.

A queuing system will manage vehicles entering the sites to protect staff and residents.

Police have been informed of the openings and ambassadors from county council contractor Ringway will be on hand to support the queueing system.

There will be a cut-off point for the queues, so if they become too long people will need to leave and come back later. Trailers will not be allowed until further notice.

Social distancing must be observed, with people remaining at least two metres apart at all times.

A limited number of people will be able to visit at any one time. Only one person will be allowed out of their vehicle once on-site, and people must remain in their vehicle while queuing.

To support social distancing, site staff will be unable to help with the disposal of waste

People will be able to separate waste into different skips. The usual rules will apply for chargeable waste. Payment by card will be accepted only, contactless where possible.

Commercial waste will not be accepted at this time.

Hand sanitising facilities at sites are limited, so people are advised to wear gloves on-site and are reminded to wash their hands before and after attending an HWRC.

Cllr Andrew Lee, the county council's executive member for Waste Management, added: “I am pleased that we can move forward now, and thank residents for their support of the measures we have taken to date and in anticipation of their continued support to ensure the arrangements we are now putting in place can operate successfully. This will be the first phase of the reopening and we will work to reopen the other sites as soon as we can.

“Please consider others and go to the HWRC only if you are struggling. If you can store your waste at home, please do so. And please continue to try to minimise waste and where possible use your kerbside collection services rather than visiting a recycling centre. Ask yourself whether your trip to the centre is really an essential journey.

“As outlined in Government guidance, a visit to your local HWRC should only be considered essential if the waste materials cannot be stored at home without causing risk of injury or harm to health.

“We want the sites to work as efficiently as they can, while prioritising the health and safety of residents and our staff, so we would ask people for their patience during the first few days of operation.”

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