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Recycling Centre Reopens

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 9:05am

By Aran Dhillon - Local Democracy Reporter

The recycling centres were closed in March following huge queues

Woolston community recycling centre (CRC) has reopened to the public.

But they were closed in March following huge queues, with people opting to make non-essential trips to the facilities.

Following the reopening of the Gatewarth site last Monday, the Woolston facility has reopened today, Tuesday.

The site will be open seven days a week, with traffic management plans put in place, via Blue Arrow, to prevent and manage any potential impact and delays onto Manchester Road.

These arrangements will be reviewed and potentially extended, based upon activity levels.

The opening time at Woolston is 10am to 6pm, with Gatewarth being 8am to 6pm.

The council says it will be reviewing reopening arrangements for the smaller Stockton Heath site in the near future.

Residents are urged to only travel to the tips if any household waste cannot be safely stored at home.

Additional measures are in place at both sites to protect residents and staff.

They include access permitted only for cars – with no vans, vehicle trailers, commercial vehicles or pedestrians allowed in.

Furthermore, only one person is permitted per car unless you are a blue badge holder and, due to social distancing restrictions, staff will not be able to help with unloading or lifting items, so residents are asked to only take to the tip what they can safely dispose of themselves.

The council will be operating a one-in, one-out system to ensure people can dispose of their waste safely so have told the public to expect ‘lengthy queues’.

Residents may be asked to leave and return at a later time.

Meanwhile, to help prevent people travelling to the CRC from outside Warrington, residents will be asked for evidence of their address, so need to take a recent utility bill, council tax bill or proof of address to display in their car windscreen.

Council leader Cllr Russ Bowden said: “We’ve been working hard to reopen our recycling centres in as safe a manner as possible and I’m pleased that our Woolston site is now once more open to the public.

“Since we reopened Gatewarth CRC, we have seen a daily increase in visitors, but things have run smoothly thanks to robust traffic management and staffing levels, along with the responsible behaviour of local people.

“I would urge visitors to our Woolston site to support us in the same way, by only coming if you have an essential need, by following the advice and by being patient and respectful of others.”

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