Household Waste Recycling Centres across Doncaster have re-opened but with significant restrictions to protect staff and residents from the risk of coronavirus with residents asked to stay away unless their visit is essential.
Only people with essential waste should attend Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). This includes food or “unhygienic” waste which people have been unable to fit into their black bin.
People are urged to compost or store garden waste at home if they can, but where this is not possible or the waste is beginning to smell, this can be brought to the sites but only where essential.
Those with other waste which they have accumulated for example from tidying the garage or shed in recent weeks are asked to hold onto it wherever possible until social distancing measures are relaxed.
The sites are being re-opened because we understand the need to dispose of unhygienic waste, particularly during the current period of isolation where people are spending significantly more time at home. However, it is vital social distancing measures are in place and adhered to in order to protect staff and residents from the risk of coronavirus. We ask people to please stick to the rules.
The number of vehicles allowed into the centres at any one time will be strictly limited to allow social distancing. Residents are advised that there could be significant delays at sites and that there will be strict Traffic Management enforcement in place which will mean that there will be NO idling on highways in the interests of safety.
Why the sites have reopened
All centres closed in March as, despite guidance to only travel for essential reasons, the sites remained very busy and crowded.
Implementing social distancing measures and avoiding significant queues on the roads outside led to the closures. As did the behaviour of some visitors who verbally abused staff and threatened them with violence. This will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
However, the government has encouraged councils to re-open sites where safe to do so.
Police officers will monitor the impact on the highway through regular patrols and support. Doncaster Council will be putting traffic management measures in place. Enforcement teams will also be on hand at all the sites.
Restrictions in place
Please bear in mind the following before loading your vehicle to attend a Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Essential waste only – see limitations on types of waste below.
Limited number of vehicles on site at once.
A queueing system will be in place.
Only one adult per vehicle is allowed on site.
Staff will not be able to assist in disposing of items – only bring items you can manage yourself.
Cars and small vans only (under 6ft/1.82Mtr) – no trailers or large vans.
Abuse of staff will not be tolerated. Body-worn cameras are in use.
People may be turned away before closing time if the queue is long.
Types of waste you can bring
Restrictions have been put on the types of waste which can be brought onto the sites. This is because of the global impact on supply chain partners meaning the council has nowhere to send these materials until facilities which process them reopen.
The following items will NOT be accepted at any of Doncaster’s Household Waste Recycling Centres until further notice: