North Yorkshire County Council warn of wait to get into household waste centres this weekend

People heading to North Yorkshire’s recycling centres this bank holiday weekend have been warned to be prepared to wait to get in.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 3:52 pm
The Seamer Carr site in Scarborough.
The Seamer Carr site in Scarborough.

North Yorkshire County Council opened 10 of its 20 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) yesterday.

Now, ahead of the three-day weekend, the council has warned that while the first day of operation was a success the social distancing measures put in place will be tested.

Ian Fielding, assistant director of Waste Management for the authority, said: “We opened 10 of our 20 household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) on Wednesday and the plans we put in place to manage the operation of the sites have been successful.

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“Queues of traffic waiting to enter the sites were controlled with no adverse impact on the surrounding roads.

“Visitors to the sites complied with the social distancing requirements, and we thank them for that.

“This is the first phase of the reopening of our HWRCs and follows Government guidance that disposing of waste that could cause a health hazard if stored at home could be seen as essential travel.

“For the safety of the public and centre staff, not all sites can be opened at this time because of their size, layout and proximity to roads, but this is being reviewed continually with a view to opening more as soon as possible.”

“We expect sites to be busy this weekend, so anyone planning to visit should expect to queue and be prepared for delays.”

The sites that have been opened are Catterick Bridge, Leeming Bar, Scarborough’s Seamer, Selby, Skipton, Sowerby, Stokesley, Thornton le Dale, West Harrogate and Whitby.

The centres are open seven days a week – including Wednesdays, when HWRCs are usually closed, and bank holidays – from 8.30am to 5pm.