HOUSEHOLD waste recycling centres are reopening across Rotherham today (Wednesday) — with strict lockdown restrictions.
The four dump-it sites have reduced opening hours of 10.30pm to 5.30pm and residents are asked not to rush in the first few days as queues are expected.
A council spokeswoman said: “For road safety, the length of queues are being restricted, and customers will be asked to return later if the queues are too long.”
The new restrictions include:
- Only cars and small vans allowed on site. No Transit-type vans or trailers.
- One adult per vehicle.
- Social distancing of two metres to be followed at all times.
- Staff will not be able to help residents carry waste.
Sites will be closed if long queues form and obstruct highways, RMBC has warned.
Residents are asked not to bring garden waste and the following items are not being accepted currently:
- DIY waste (including rubble and wood)
- plaster board
- hard plastic and plastic bottles
- motor oil
- vegetable oil
- gas canisters
- domestic appliances including fridges
Bulky items that cannot currently be disposed of at household waste sites can be collected via the council's bulky waste service.
Cllr Emma Hoddinott, cabinet member for waste, thanked residents for their patience during lockdown.
She said: “We are expecting longer wait times so please be careful about when you choose to visit and follow the strict new measures put in place in order to protect both those visiting and the staff on site, and only make the journey if it’s absolutely necessary.”