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Household waste recycling centres across Merseyside will reopen on Monday (May 4).

Household waste recycling centres across Merseyside will reopen on Monday (May 4).

by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

HOUSEHOLD waste recycling centres across Merseyside will reopen on Monday (May 4).

Councillors on the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority intend to reopen all of the centres from 8am-8pm each day, with restrictions - subject to traffic management plans being in place for each site.

The Authority is currently working with Council Highways Departments and the Police on their respective plans.

MRWA along with its contractor Veolia will be implementing clear operating guidelines with respect to the necessity of visits, social distancing on site and queuing. Our priority at all times is the safety of residents and the hard working staff at all of our Centres.

The restrictions will be:

- The number of vehicles allowed on site will be restricted, and queuing times will be significantly higher.

- Cars only. One person per vehicle (Blue Badge holders will be able to be accompanied by one family member)

- No vans, commercial-type vehicles or large trailers.

- Social distancing of at least two metres will be strictly enforced.

- Site employees will not be able to assist with unloading.

- Sites will be open 8am – 8pm every day.

If households have had coronavirus symptoms then waste should be left for at least 72 hours before disposal and personal waste should be safely double bagged. Place it in your normal bin collection if you can.

Liverpool City Region Mayor, Steve Rotheram and the Liverpool City Council Mayor, Joe Anderson support the decision taken to reopen the sites.

Steve Rotheram said: “All leaders are supporting this decision. We recognise that the Waste Authority has to reopen the sites with safety as a priority, and we are urging residents to check the restrictions on the MRWA website and be prepared for very long waiting times.”

Joe Anderson said: “I commend the decision to open the sites with social distancing, we are doing this to avoid waste becoming a problem at home. Please only travel if it is essential and follow the instructions given to you by staff on site.”

For more information go to https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

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