Angus Council is planning for the restricted re-opening of four of its seven recycling centres from Monday 1 June.
Recycling Centres at Arbroath, Forfar, Monifieth and Montrose are set to re-open on this date. Operating hours will be 9.15am to 5pm every day, except Wednesdays when they will open between 9.15am and 7pm.
This will be done in accordance with national guidance and advice from Scottish Government and Police Scotland to ensure that public health and safety is protected. The Council must also make sure that necessary steps to apply physical distancing are taken on site and that on/off-site traffic is managed safely.
The centres will operate at a markedly reduced capacity. This will see a limit on the number of cars and small vans permitted on site at any one time by way of a one in/one out system (larger vans, trailers and commercial vehicles will not be permitted). We also ask that only one person per vehicle attends, unless it is absolutely necessary for a second person to assist with lifting and handling. Council staff will not be available to assist people with lifting and handling due to physical distancing requirements.
Clearly, these measures will result in traffic queuing at the entrance to centres.
Traffic management plans are being put in place, including additional signage that will also advise on queue limits (the point where cars cannot queue beyond and people should return at another time). The public are asked to comply with local traffic signs and can refer to our website for advice specific to each recycling centre, including rolling traffic updates.
Due to these necessary and significant restrictions, residents are asked not to attend unless their visit to the recycling centre is absolutely necessary and only if storing the waste at home presents a health and safety risk.
This is not a return to normal service.
It is a phased approach that will be applied in accordance with any national easing of lockdown and social restrictions as part of the wider coronavirus pandemic response. All measures are temporary and will be reviewed regularly.
Work is also ongoing to ensure that recycling centres at Brechin, Carnoustie and Kirriemuir can re-open as soon as health and safety guidance and staffing resource permits.
Communities Convener Mark Salmond said: “While we are, of course, pleased to begin the phased re-opening of our centres, these steps must be taken responsibly so we can protect staff and the public.
“Residents have been terrific with their support of the service throughout this crisis – through the way they have rallied around our waste operatives and with recycling at home. I hope that support extends to our recycling centres as they become available again – albeit in a limited fashion.
“Please don’t go to the recycling centres unless you really have to. We know demand is high and expect them to be extremely busy with both people and traffic – if you can wait until a more normal service resumes, please do.”
Due to the anticipated high demand, the materials accepted at the centres will be limited to those that are most commonly disposed of and can be unloaded quickly. This is aimed at minimising customer-to-customer contact and reducing on-site traffic congestion.
Accepted materials will be –
Non-recyclable general waste
Large white goods such as fridges/freezers.
Among what are a number of temporary measures, it must be stressed that general waste will be accepted at Monifieth Recycling Centre during this period. But this provision will be monitored, reviewed and withdrawn when appropriate.
Waste and recycling from commercial businesses/enterprises will not be accepted. Commercial customers should go to www.angus.gov.uk/recycling for further information.
Communities Vice-Convener Tommy Stewart said: “We are adopting these measures to try and meet at least some of the demand through what are exceptional times.
“We all hope for a return to normal life as soon as possible. But in the meantime, we ask everyone to be understanding of these measures and most of all to be supportive of our council staff who are working hard in extremely difficult circumstances.
“Don’t make a trip to the recycling centre unless absolutely necessary. Wait until a more normal service resumes and carry on doing the fantastic job you are doing of recycling at home.”
All residents can go to www.angus.gov.uk/recycling for more details about the service, including updates during the COVID-19 pandemic response.