Household recycling centres (HRCs) will be reopened across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin from tomorrow – 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.
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.
Richard Kirkman, Veolia’s Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, said: “Veolia understands that the HRC network is very important to the community. We want to be able to help residents who cannot keep their waste at home safely, help to ease the pressure on local kerbside collections, and discourage fly-tipping. We have worked very hard with Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council to carefully plan the reopening of the sites to ensure they are a safe place to work for our team and for the public to visit.
“We are asking all site users to support our hard-working teams on the frontline by following the guidance on their council’s webpage and any information or instructions provided at the site.”
Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for waste, said: “Following Government guidance we’ve put in place some practical arrangements that mean we can open our household recycling centres in Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Craven Arms, Oswestry and Whitchurch from Tuesday. We know that this will be welcomed by many people, but it’s important to stress that this is to allow people to dispose of essential waste only.
“The health and safety of site staff and visitors is our top priority, so we urge people to only visit the sites if it is, indeed, essential, and to ensure that they read and follow the new instructions for visitors.