Recycling centres to re-open but with restricted capacity


25th May 2020

Dundee City Council has announced that the Riverside and Baldovie Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) will re-open to the public on a restricted basis from Monday 1st June, subject to national guidance from the Scottish Government.

Residents are asked to use the facilities for essential purposes only which include general waste, garden waste, wood, metals, rubble, fridges & freezers, and gas cylinders & bottles.

Members of the public are reminded that cardboard, large and small electricals, plastics, turf, batteries, fluorescent tubes, vegetable and waste oils, glass and textiles cannot be accepted at the centres initially under the restricted capacity.

Sites are likely to be very busy during the first few days after re-opening and therefore it is likely long waiting times will occur at each centre.

In order to keep the many visitors and staff members safe, Household Waste Recycling Centres will maintain strict guidelines and physical distancing at all times.

A number of rules will be followed in order to maintain a safe and controlled environment.

These include:
• Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or self-isolating should NOT visit any HWRC site;
• The number of cars on site will be strictly limited;
• Only one person per car should unload the vehicle at any one time;
• Only cars, estate cars, people carriers, MPV cars and 4x4s will be permitted entry. No vans or trailers will be allowed;
• Individuals should only visit when necessary, avoid queues and consider revisiting when quieter;
• No business waste will be accepted;
• We will be unable to provide assistance on site so only load items you can unload yourself;
• No walk-in disposals of waste will be allowed;
• The two-metre physical distancing rule must be respected at all times.

Councillor Anne Rendall, Convener of Neighbourhood Services, said: “It’s important that we keep waste at home for the foreseeable future if it is safe to do so. We will follow National Government advice on re-opening the Household Waste Recycling Centres and this is will only be for necessary purposes.

“Anyone who is planning on visiting either of the recycling centres, when re-opened, should familiarise themselves with the rules before attending in order to keep themselves, site staff and others safe.

“We would also encourage waste and recycling service users to follow our social media channels and check our website for the latest information on the re-opening of the centres.”

The sites will initially be open from 9am to 4pm, seven days a week.

Restrictions will be in place, including only Dundee City Council residents being permitted to the sites, in order to manage the anticipated demands in providing the service again.

Further guidance on the Household Waste Recycling Centres is available on the Dundee City Council website. Residents are advised to check the website and social media channels before traveling, as rules are subject to change.

The Council’s bulky uplift service will also resume on Monday 1st June, with booking arrangements being available to the public from Wednesday 27th May.

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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