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Recycling centres set to reopen

THE good news is council-run household waste recycling centres are about to reopen... but the less good news is that they aren't taking anything for recycling just yet. In a statement and video put out on social media, the Dumfries and Galloway Council explained: "From Monday 1 June, we are re-opening our household waste recycling centres in line with Government guidance. "Ten of our 12 sites will be re-opening on Monday 1 June - Thornhill and Whithorn will remain closed due to traffic management issues on these sites. "At the moment, we can only accept bagged waste, and due to requirement to social distance, we cannot offer any recycling on-site. We apologise for this and hope to be able to reintroduce recycling on our sites in due course." They add: "The sites will only accept household waste contained in refuse bags "It is expected that on reopening there will be a significant demand from public to access the sites. In order to manage traffic volumes, time spent on the site needs to be minimised. Limiting users to bagged waste straight into a skip or compactor ensures quick turnaround. "Larger waste items that are often disposed of at the HWRCs requires to be taken to third parties for processing, which is more difficult at this time. Bagged waste can be processed in the Council's Ecodeco MBT facility thus simplifying the process and relies only on keeping skips and compactors emptied regularly." Vans and vehicles with trailers are banned too. "At this time, it is not possible to provide a full recycling service at the HWRCs. This is principally because the nature of the sites with multiple skips for the various waste and recycling requires the public to move around the facilities. Safely managing these movements whilst maintaining social distancing is not considered operationally feasible, especially initially when sites will be very busy. "The council are acutely aware that the public are keen to recycle and currently staff are looking at ways of phasing the return of some elements of recycling in a manner that maintains social distancing. In the meantime householders are encouraged to continue to store their recyclable materials for when the sites resume a full recycling service. "All waste received will be processed in the Ecodeco MBT Facility. This shreds and through drying, reduces the volume of waste by 30pc after which it is refined to principally produce a fuel used in energy from waste facilities. Metals are also recovered as is a glass and stone content. While classed as recovery and not recycling it is important to note that only a small percentage of the waste processed through this facility has to go to landfill. No bulky waste or waste not contained within a bag will be accepted, they add. "The aim is to ensure a quick turnaround, and avoiding the time involved in unloading bulky waste and dealing with larger waste such as sofas and mattresses will aid this. "Bulky uplifts and white goods uplift from households will recommence from 1 June 2020. Bookings for this service can be made now by calling 030 33 33 3000." There's also a request for homes where Covid-19 may have struck to extra careful. "Any waste being brought from a household which has displayed Covid-19 symptoms should be double-bagged and left for 72 hours before being brought to site." There have been concerns across Scotland that the closure of recycling centres has fuelled an increase in fly tipping. The reopening of tips in England saw huge queues, pictured, forming. Borders Council are tackling the issue by opening tips to cars with even numbers on the registration plates on certain days with odd numbers on alternate days. The Stranraer facility will open six days, 9am - 6pm while Newton Stewart will opens days from 12.15pm to 6pm. See https://t.co/zbfUzQDnGI?amp=1 for more.

<< back Published: 26 May 2020, 16:16

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