North East Lincolnshire Council is lifting some of the restrictions in place at its Community Recycling Centres (CRCs or tips) in Grimsby and Immingham.
People should only visit the tips if it is absolutely necessary – store your waste and recycling at home if you can do it safely.
Under the terms of the lockdown, householders can travel to a centre if the waste in their home presents a risk of injury or a risk to public health or the local environment.
The following restrictions remain in place at Immingham and Grimsby:
- No one in self-isolation or with coronavirus symptoms should visit the tips under any circumstances
- Only visit if it is absolutely necessary – store your waste and recycling at home if you can do it safely
- Stay two metres away from our staff and other visitors to the site
- Up to four cars on site at a time
- All waste and recycling must be brought to the site in a vehicle
- Only one visit per day
- Assistance will not be given by the site attendants – please only bring waste that you are able to handle safely yourself
- Maximum of 2 people in a vehicle
- On your return from the site, please remember not to touch your face and to wash your hands for 20 seconds on arrival at your destination.
From today, most waste types and recyclable materials will be accepted, however the following restrictions will apply:
- Maximum of three types of waste and/or recyclable materials will be accepted at any one time
- Wood/MDF will only be accepted in a car
- Mattresses and bulky items such as sofas and bathroom suites will not be accepted
- Soil and rubble (maximum of three bags per household per day).
These restrictions will help reduce the time people are on site and stops people moving around the site to dispose of waste and recycling in different containers.
Both CRCs are open from 8am to 6pm seven days per week.
Please be patient. Remember that going to the tip will be different from the way the system operated before lockdown, and that it will be a while before social distancing restrictions are lifted.
You may have to queue before you are allowed entry to the site. This is because there will be limits on the numbers of people that can be on site at any one time.
Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport at the Council, said:
“We’re working with our waste contractor Newlincs Development Ltd to keep our recycling centres open where social distancing rules can be maintained.
“We kept Grimsby CRC open and we re-opened Immingham last month for households who cannot store waste safely at home.
“The government updated its advice last week and we are now in a position to lift some of the restrictions on items that can be taken to the recycling centres.
“But I must stress, you can only visit if it is necessary and you can’t store your waste and recycling safely at home.”
Local Government Minister Simon Clarke said:
“Councils have been working tirelessly to keep rubbish and recycling collections open during this national emergency, while bin crews are also playing a vital role in keeping the country going.
“Many residents have not been able to dispose of all of their excess or bulky waste. That is why we are helping councils to reopen these sites, where safe to do so, in a planned and organised way over the next few weeks.”
Bulky waste collections are running again. Make a booking now at www.nelincs.gov.uk/BulkyWaste.
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Twelve tips on how you can help
- Check www.nelincs.gov.uk/coronavirus regularly for updates on any changes to waste and recycling collections. Sign up to have updates sent directly at www.nelincs.gov.uk/COVID-19-notifications
- Please make sure that all domestic waste is put in sealed bags first and that your green bin lid is firmly closed. Don’t leave extra bags of rubbish with your bin.
- We will collect up to five recycling boxes as long as they are presented correctly. Please don’t leave large cardboard boxes or other items that don’t fit inside the recycling boxes. Squash plastic bottles and tins to fit more in your orange box. Break down cardboard to fit in your blue box.
- Minimise the amount of rubbish, recycling and food waste you produce. Every bit we can reduce will make a real difference to maintaining a good collection service for everyone. Find tips for reducing food waste at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com. Visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/recycling to find out what you can and can’t recycle.
- Avoid having a big ‘clear-out’ while at home as this will only create more rubbish and recycling for our workers to collect. Bulky waste collections start again on 4 May for items such as furniture, white goods and mattresses. Book online at www.nelincs.gov.uk/BulkyWaste.
- Check restrictions at the Community Recycling Centres before making an unnecessary journey. Only visit if it is absolutely necessary – store your waste and recycling at home if you can do it safely.
- Park sensibly so our bin wagons can drive into your street. Many more people are at home, and parked cars may restrict access to bins for our collection crews, making their job more difficult and increasing the likelihood that bins cannot be emptied.
- Don’t stop recycling. With the global economy disrupted, it’s more important than ever to recycle your paper, card, plastic, cans and glass to ensure that valuable resources are recycled and made into new products for people to buy.
- All charity shops are now closed so please do not leave donations on their doorsteps. But remember charity shops will be very grateful for donations once the crisis is over.
- Do not burn your waste at home. This creates air pollution that could harm people nearby who may already have breathing difficulties. There is also the danger that fires could get out of control. Fire services around the country are reporting an increase in callouts due to garden fires.
- When putting out your waste and recycling containers, there are a few things you can do to ensure you’re doing this as safely as possible:
• Keep your distance when our workers are collecting your waste and recycling.
• Disinfect your bag, bin, box and caddy handles again, before and after collection.
• Wash your hands thoroughly after handling and disinfecting your bags, bins, boxes and caddies.
• Put wipes, cloths, gloves, etc. used for cleaning your bags, bins, boxes and caddies into your non-recyclable waste bin or bag, as these can’t be recycled.
- If you’re self-isolating and feeling unwell, double-bag your personal waste (such as tissues) and put aside for at least 72 hours (3 days) before putting them out for collection.
• Do not put tissues into your recycling as they cannot be recycled.
• Disinfect your bag, bin, box and caddy handles before and after you touch them.
• Put your bags, bins, boxes and caddies out.