Recycling centres across the Bristol area are to start to open this week – but there will be limits on what types of rubbish people can dispose of.
Local authorities are looking at ways to open their recycling and waste centres safely following a change to Government guidance.
But there will be restrictions on the type of rubbish that people will be able to get rid of.
North Somerset Council
Authority bosses are urging people only to visit if rubbish cannot be stored safely at home or disposed of safely by other means.
Instead they are asking people to use the black bin collections and the kerbside recycling service to dispose of waste.
Access to the recycling centre at Weston will also be restricted with a one way in and one way out system being introduced.
And those who do need to visit are being warned to expect a long wait.
A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “ We are working towards reopening Weston’s recycling centre on Monday 18 May – assuming there is no change in relevant Government guidance.
“Journeys to the recycling centre must only be undertaken if waste or recycling cannot be stored at home safely or disposed of safely by other means.
“By this we mean the waste cannot be stored without causing risk of injury, health or harm.
“No other reason for the journey would be considered a legitimate purpose.
“Weston will re-open first because the large site and separate entry and exit points means new arrangements can be put in place more easily.
“Backwell and Portishead will take us a little longer.
“The roads leading to them aren’t able to deal with large volumes of traffic and we need to have a proper traffic management system in place.
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“The sites themselves are more restricted too with only one way in and out.
“Even at Weston there is likely to be a long wait.
“The safety of the staff working at the centres and of the residents using them will be paramount and social distancing measures will be in place.
“These mean there will be fewer vehicles allowed on site at any one time adding to the wait.
“Wherever possible people should continue to use the kerbside collections and store other items until restrictions are lifted. Please don’t visit the recycling centre unless you really need to.”
South Gloucestershire Council
In South Gloucestershire, the Sort It recycling centres at Mangotsfield, Thornbury and Yate are due to open this Saturday (May 16).
But again this will be for ‘essential use’ only with new temporary extended opening hours in place from 6am to 6pm seven days a week.
Little Stoke and the reuse shop at Thornbury will remain closed until further notice.
To start with, the sites will only be open for black bin waste and bulky items such as furniture to limit the number of people on site.
Each car on site will have two parking spaces and two bays in which to unload their waste in a bid to limit the number of vehicles that can unload at the same time.
Council bosses are warning those visiting are likely to experience queues.
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A South Gloucestershire Council spokesman said; “Help to reduce traffic by only using the sites if you are really struggling to manage waste at home and making use of the extended opening hours.
“We will review the restrictions regularly and additional types of waste may be added if it is possible to do so.
Bristol City Council
Tips in Bristol will open from Monday, May 18 but the mayor Marvin Rees has warned they would not be operating a normal service and that it was vital to continue the fight against spreading Covid-19.
Short-term measures include an odd and even vehicle registration plate system, which means people can visit on given days.
Only cars and small vans will be allowed and everyone must have proof they are Bristol residents
The council is warning that sites may have to close again at short notice if too many people arrive at once.
Residents may also be turned away if queues become too long.
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Both the garden waste and bulky waste collections are operating as usual across the city, as are regular black wheelie bin and recycling collections.
The council says residents should use weekly recycling collections for items such as card, plastics, cans, glass and paper, and not bring them to the recycling centres.
Two-metre markings will be painted on the floor of the public areas and only one person will be allowed in each section at a time, while only one person will be allowed to exit each vehicle to unload unless an item requires two people to carry it.
Crews will not be able to help with unloading.
People are being asked to bring only what they can unload themselves or with the help of someone from their household and only bring rubbish that cannot be stored at home.
Bristol Live has approached Bath and North East Somerset about its plans for re-opening.