Coronavirus: Household recycling centres to reopen for essential use 5 May 2020

Coronavirus: Community advice and support Shropshire CC

Household recycling centres (HRCs) will be reopened across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin from Tuesday 5 May 2020 – but with strict rules in place to ensure the safety of the public and staff.

Veolia, the UK’s leading resource management company, is opening its seven sites across the county for essential use only.

Based on its UK-wide experience operating HRC sites, and following Government and industry guidance, Veolia has worked closely with Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council to agree a carefully-managed approach to ensuring visitor and staff safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

Rules in place will include:

  • Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or is self-isolating MUST NOT visit an HRC site.
  • A strict limit to the number of cars allowed on site at any one time.
  • Only one person per car.
  • Only cars will be admitted. No trailers or vans of any sort will be allowed.
  • Waste permits will not be accepted.
  • One visit will be allowed per day.
  • No trade or commercial waste will be accepted.
  • Asbestos, oils, chemicals and paints will not be accepted. They will need to be stored safely at home until we are able to safely process them. We will publicise when we are able to accept these materials.
  • The public must respect the strict two-metre rule, both from staff and other site users.
  • Veolia staff will be unable to assist with unloading vehicles.
  • Pedestrians walking in with waste will not be permitted.
  • Use of the sites is limited to residents of Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin only.

Further guidance will be available via council websites. Residents are advised to check their local council website and social media channels before they travel, as rules may be subject to change.

Veolia operates two HRCs in Telford and Wrekin – at Hortonwood and Halesfield – and it runs sites in Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Oswestry, Whitchurch and Craven Arms for Shropshire Council. Sites will initially be open from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.