Residents are being encouraged to make only essential trips to the borough’s reuse and recycling centres once they reopen on Monday (18 May) with social distancing measures in place.
The borough’s reuse and recycling centres have been closed during the lockdown but rubbish and recycling collections have been continuing as normal to help stop the spread of the pandemic. This includes the council’s bulky waste collection service.
From Monday (18 May), any visits to the reopened reuse and recycling centres must be essential. Queues are expected, but the council has plans in place to help manage this. There will also be social distancing measures in place to help prevent any further spread of the virus. The council’s social media accounts will be updated daily with any important information.
The sites in Greenford Road, Greenford, and Stirling Road, Acton, will be open between 8am-4pm, seven days a week. There will be no pedestrian access. The site in Acton is for residential waste only, not for commercial or other operational use. Residents are advised to not attempt access to the sites after 3.30pm.
Councillor Mik Sabiers, the council’s cabinet member for environment and highways, said: “We would like to thank residents for their continued support during these difficult times. We continue to ask for their support as the lockdown starts to ease and the Greenford and Acton depots reopen. Please only make a visit if it is absolutely necessary.
“Staff will be on hand to give direction on how the site will be operating, and to limit cars entering. We would appreciate patience from anyone needing to visit.”
To reduce risks of transmission to you, other site users and staff, the council has put in the below measures:
- The number of vehicles and time allowed on site will be restricted, and queuing times will be significantly higher and additional traffic control measures will be in place around the sites
- Therefore, please segregate your recyclables before arriving
- Social distancing of at least two metres will be strictly enforced
- Only one adult is permitted to leave each vehicle while on site
- No assistance can be offered with manual handling – if you cannot lift it, contact the council for a bulky waste collection
- If you need to visit a site, please visit the site where you would normally go, to minimise unnecessary travel.
If you or any members of your household have been experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days, you must not visit household reuse and recycling centres under any circumstances.
The council is working hard to continue to keep the streets clean, collect rubbish and make sure recycling bins are emptied as often as possible, while protecting the health of its workers and residents.
On Ealing News Extra we recently shared some tips to help keep waste to a minimum.
For information about the council’s garden waste subscription service you can visit the council’s website.