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Council extends range of waste being accepted at HWRCs

Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Wrekenton Campground

Gateshead Council is extending the range of waste it is accepting at its recently reopened household waste and recycling centres.    

Our two centres - at Wrekenton and Blaydon - reopened on May 11 after being closed due to the government's guidance on essential travel only.   

Strict social distancing measures were put in place when the centres reopened and this limited the types of materials which could be disposed of to bagged household waste, garden waste, cardboard and wood including old furniture .  

Now, we're extending that list of materials to include small electrical appliances such as vacuum cleaners, toasters, microwaves and lawnmowers.  

Other domestic appliances such as TV's, computers and small fridges will also be accepted provided they can be lifted by one person and will not require help from site staff.   

The temporary odd and even number plate system introduced to manage traffic and reduce queuing will continue for the time being. This means the public can only visit the HWRCs on certain days depending on the number plate of their vehicle.     

Blaydon HWRC
The centres' longer opening hours from 8am to 8pm daily will continue, though only cars are permitted for the moment and residents will need to display proof of address.    

Gateshead Councillor John Adams portfolio holder for Housing, Transport and Environment says: "The re-opening of our household waste and recycling centres has thankfully gone more smoothly than we could reasonably have expected.    

"This is in no small part due to the patience and cooperation of the public, and I'd like to thank everyone for their role in bringing only essential waste and for adhering to social distancing on the sites.  

"The registration plate scheme in particular seems to have embedded quite quickly and it's had the desired effect of limiting the length of queues, so we'll be continuing with that alternate day system for now.  

Important information about our Household Waste and Recycling Centres

"With new ways of operating the sites for both staff and public now working well, we have added small electrical items to the range of waste that can be brought along, as we know these are important items for residents to dispose of." 

Anyone in self isolation or with COVID-19 symptoms must not visit Gateshead's HWRC under any circumstances. Waste from households with Covid-19 symptoms should be left for 72 hours before being brought to site, with that waste being doubled bagged.  

Only one person can leave the vehicle while on site, unless an item is heavy then one other adult from the same household can help. Site operatives cannot assist the public in unloading.  

No vans, vehicle trailers or commercial vehicles of any type will be allowed on site until further notice and the permit system for vans, pick-ups and vehicles towing trailers continues to be suspended. More information can be found at Household waste and recycling centres.

Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Wrekenton Campground
20 May 2020

Gateshead Council is extending the range of waste it is accepting at its recently reopened household waste and recycling centres.    

Our two centres - at Wrekenton and Blaydon - reopened on May 11 after being closed due to the government's guidance on essential travel only.   

Strict social distancing measures were put in place when the centres reopened and this limited the types of materials which could be disposed of to bagged household waste, garden waste, cardboard and wood including old furniture .  

Now, we're extending that list of materials to include small electrical appliances such as vacuum cleaners, toasters, microwaves and lawnmowers.  

Other domestic appliances such as TV's, computers and small fridges will also be accepted provided they can be lifted by one person and will not require help from site staff.   

The temporary odd and even number plate system introduced to manage traffic and reduce queuing will continue for the time being. This means the public can only visit the HWRCs on certain days depending on the number plate of their vehicle.     

Blaydon HWRC
The centres' longer opening hours from 8am to 8pm daily will continue, though only cars are permitted for the moment and residents will need to display proof of address.    

Gateshead Councillor John Adams portfolio holder for Housing, Transport and Environment says: "The re-opening of our household waste and recycling centres has thankfully gone more smoothly than we could reasonably have expected.    

"This is in no small part due to the patience and cooperation of the public, and I'd like to thank everyone for their role in bringing only essential waste and for adhering to social distancing on the sites.  

"The registration plate scheme in particular seems to have embedded quite quickly and it's had the desired effect of limiting the length of queues, so we'll be continuing with that alternate day system for now.  

Important information about our Household Waste and Recycling Centres

"With new ways of operating the sites for both staff and public now working well, we have added small electrical items to the range of waste that can be brought along, as we know these are important items for residents to dispose of." 

Anyone in self isolation or with COVID-19 symptoms must not visit Gateshead's HWRC under any circumstances. Waste from households with Covid-19 symptoms should be left for 72 hours before being brought to site, with that waste being doubled bagged.  

Only one person can leave the vehicle while on site, unless an item is heavy then one other adult from the same household can help. Site operatives cannot assist the public in unloading.  

No vans, vehicle trailers or commercial vehicles of any type will be allowed on site until further notice and the permit system for vans, pick-ups and vehicles towing trailers continues to be suspended. More information can be found at Household waste and recycling centres.

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