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Gateshead household waste and recycling centres to reopen for essential waste only

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Household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) will reopen on a restricted basis in Gateshead from Monday 11 May. 

Our two centres closed on 24 March due to the government guidance on essential travel which did not include travel to household waste and recycling centres.  

Under new guidance issued by the government, Campground HWRC and Cowen Road HWRC will reopen to help those households who vitally need extra support in managing any build-up of waste produced during the lock down restrictions and only if the waste poses a risk of injury, health or harm. 

Strict social distancing measures will be put in place and new ways of operating will apply including the introduction of a temporary odd and even number plate system to help manage traffic and reduce queuing. This means you can only visit the HWRCs on certain days depending on your vehicle number plate. A calendar is available on our household waste and recycling centres page.  

The centres will be open longer from 8am to 8pm daily for cars only. Residents will may also need to display proof of address. Only bagged household waste, garden waste, cardboard, wood and bulky waste including old furniture will be accepted.   

Gateshead Councillor John Adams portfolio holder for Housing, Transport and Environment  says: "Opening up these centres we know is important to local people, but we are still in lockdown so residents should only make a trip if it is absolutely necessary to do so.   

"Our priority is to help residents use the sites as quickly and safely as possible, by working together and with people following the new guidelines, this will greatly help deal with the high volume of vehicles expected to visit the sites."   

"We are expecting the sites to be very busy and we will have to limit the number of cars on site at any one time. Before you leave the house please check if you have the right car registration to attend. 

"We will be prioritising access for our bin wagons, this is essential so we can also maintain household waste and recycling collections. If queues become too long or the facility becomes unsafe to operate, people may be asked to leave, or the facility may even be closed.  

"So far, the public in Gateshead have been very supportive of our efforts to manage their waste and help ensure the safety of employees. We really hope they can help support this latest effort to reduce household waste by following the new guidelines."  

New guidance which Gateshead residents will be asked to follow include:  

  • anyone in self isolation or with COVID-19 symptoms must not visit the HWRC under any circumstances

  • if any households have had Covid-19 symptoms then the waste should be left for 72 hours before being brought to site, with that waste being doubled bagged

  • follow the new odd and even number car plate system to access the site to help manage traffic and reduce queuing

  • only cars will be allowed, no vans, vehicle trailers or commercial vehicles of any type will be allowed on site until further notice

  • the permit system for vans, pick-ups and vehicles towing trailers is suspended until further notice

  • social distancing at 2 metres will be strictly enforced and operatives cannot assist the public in unloading

  • only one person can leave the vehicle while on site, unless the item is heavy then one other adult from the same household can help

  • traffic management will be in place and priority will be given to bin wagons

  • sites will be regularly cleaned

  • proof of address may be required, please display in car windscreen 

  • residents should wash their hands before and after the visiting sites and avoid touching their face

Find out more about the restrictions, opening times and calendar of car registration access

Recycling centre
07 May 2020

Household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) will reopen on a restricted basis in Gateshead from Monday 11 May. 

Our two centres closed on 24 March due to the government guidance on essential travel which did not include travel to household waste and recycling centres.  

Under new guidance issued by the government, Campground HWRC and Cowen Road HWRC will reopen to help those households who vitally need extra support in managing any build-up of waste produced during the lock down restrictions and only if the waste poses a risk of injury, health or harm. 

Strict social distancing measures will be put in place and new ways of operating will apply including the introduction of a temporary odd and even number plate system to help manage traffic and reduce queuing. This means you can only visit the HWRCs on certain days depending on your vehicle number plate. A calendar is available on our household waste and recycling centres page.  

The centres will be open longer from 8am to 8pm daily for cars only. Residents will may also need to display proof of address. Only bagged household waste, garden waste, cardboard, wood and bulky waste including old furniture will be accepted.   

Gateshead Councillor John Adams portfolio holder for Housing, Transport and Environment  says: "Opening up these centres we know is important to local people, but we are still in lockdown so residents should only make a trip if it is absolutely necessary to do so.   

"Our priority is to help residents use the sites as quickly and safely as possible, by working together and with people following the new guidelines, this will greatly help deal with the high volume of vehicles expected to visit the sites."   

"We are expecting the sites to be very busy and we will have to limit the number of cars on site at any one time. Before you leave the house please check if you have the right car registration to attend. 

"We will be prioritising access for our bin wagons, this is essential so we can also maintain household waste and recycling collections. If queues become too long or the facility becomes unsafe to operate, people may be asked to leave, or the facility may even be closed.  

"So far, the public in Gateshead have been very supportive of our efforts to manage their waste and help ensure the safety of employees. We really hope they can help support this latest effort to reduce household waste by following the new guidelines."  

New guidance which Gateshead residents will be asked to follow include:  

  • anyone in self isolation or with COVID-19 symptoms must not visit the HWRC under any circumstances

  • if any households have had Covid-19 symptoms then the waste should be left for 72 hours before being brought to site, with that waste being doubled bagged

  • follow the new odd and even number car plate system to access the site to help manage traffic and reduce queuing

  • only cars will be allowed, no vans, vehicle trailers or commercial vehicles of any type will be allowed on site until further notice

  • the permit system for vans, pick-ups and vehicles towing trailers is suspended until further notice

  • social distancing at 2 metres will be strictly enforced and operatives cannot assist the public in unloading

  • only one person can leave the vehicle while on site, unless the item is heavy then one other adult from the same household can help

  • traffic management will be in place and priority will be given to bin wagons

  • sites will be regularly cleaned

  • proof of address may be required, please display in car windscreen 

  • residents should wash their hands before and after the visiting sites and avoid touching their face

Find out more about the restrictions, opening times and calendar of car registration access

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