Dunsdale Recycling Tip to open – but with new rules in place
Dunsdale Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) will reopen on Thursday 7 May.
The public are being asked to support strict rules which will be in place to ensure the health and safety of public and staff working at the centre.
The facility will only be accepting rubbish from Redcar and Cleveland residents to try and give them the best possible service and so the centre does not become overwhelmed.
This means people are being asked to work together with the council and must bring proof of address with them which may include driving licences, council tax bills or utility bills, and they must be hard copies only.
The recycling centre will be open between 7am and 6pm seven days a week and the site will close periodically throughout the day to allow for cleaning and disinfection due to Covid-19.
Vans and permit holders will not be allowed for the first seven days due to expected demand from the public. However, from Friday 15 May, permit holders will be allowed access between 7am and 9am each day for the following four weeks.
Members of the public should not visit the site if they are self-isolating, or if they, or anyone in their household, is displaying symptoms of Covid-19.
To ensure the safety of residents and members of the crew, strict social distancing rules will be in place. Residents must stay at least two metres apart, meaning fewer vehicles will be allowed on site.
In order to control the number of vehicles accessing the centre, and to minimise delays on the B1269 (Redcar Road), a traffic control system will be introduced, with cars being routed off-road onto land next to the centre. This is to try and reduce queues and delays on the road.
Residents are being told to expect long waiting times initially and are strictly prohibited from walking onto the site with waste.
Drivers who regularly use Redcar Road, such as for commutes to work, may want to consider an alternative route to avoid significant delays.
When visiting the facility, people must come alone, unless there is heavy or bulky rubbish, then they can bring another person with them for assistance. Dunsdale crew members will not be able to assist with carrying rubbish to the tip for the protection of the public and themselves from Covid-19.
Councillor Barry Hunt, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Environment at the council, said: “We have aimed to get the centre open as soon as possible - but we have also been determined to get it right so we have done all we can to prioritise health and safety. We want to work together with the public and I know the vast majority of people will understand these rules are essential for everybody's safety.
“The centre is expected to be very busy in the first few days, so we are asking residents to please consider coming at a later date if they can.
“It is for the benefit of our residents that we are asking for their proof of address. We want them to be able to access the facility and drop off their rubbish as quickly and as safely as possible. We also want to avoid a situation where someone could be waiting in a queue only to be turned away because they don't have their proof of residency.
“Please be patient with our staff and crew, they are doing essential frontline work and have to follow these strict rules for the benefit of themselves and members of the public."
There are new charges for certain non-household waste items, including rubble, plasterboard, soil and tyres. Only card payments will be accepted at the facility.
There are changes to what people can bring to the site. Asbestos will not be accepted at the site initially although this decision will be kept under review. Mattresses are also required to be wrapped up taped up for Covid-19 health considerations.
Items that can be accepted include: green/garden waste, household/excess bin waste, recycling (glass, plastics, tins, paper, old clothes), oil, crockery, electrical appliances, cardboard, plasterboard, light bulbs, gas bottles, household chemicals, paint, wood, textiles and furniture.