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Waste centres now open to small vans

Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Wrekenton Campground

Owners of small car-based vans are now able to use our Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs), providing they apply for a permit first. 

Previously only private cars have been permitted to use the centres after they reopened to the public last month. Now, with demand beginning to settle, the council is allowing small car-derived vans to visit the sites to drop off. 

Also permitted will be family pick-up trucks and 4x4 type vehicles with rear panels rather than windows. Vehicles will still need to be no more than 5.5 m in length. 

Larger vans, commercial vehicles or vehicles pulling trailers are still not allowed to use either of the council's HWRCs at the present time, as vehicle access is severely restricted due to the need to have zoned areas for the public the drop-off waste. These zones mean there is limited room for manoeuvring large vehicles and trailers and anyone doing so could present a danger to other users. 

Councillor John Adams, portfolio holder for Housing, Transport and Environment, says "We are gradually getting back to normal but there's still a long way to go yet. 

"It's important to remember that although our Household Waste and Recycling Centres are now open, they are still not fully open and that's because of the need for social distancing. 

"We have had to put measures in place to ensure everyone's safety and that means there are now  limits both to the size of vehicle we can accommodate and the types of waste that people can bring. 

Apply for a permit"We are grateful for the public's continued patience during this worrying time. Hopefully, by restarting the permit scheme and opening up to small vans and larger family vehicles, we're showing that we are going in the right direction." 

Anyone intending to visit with a car-derived van will need to apply for a permit which will then have to be shown along with their driving licence as proof of identity to site staff on entry. These will need to be held up to a closed window as all windows should be kept closed whilst on site. 

A single permit, which will be valid for 28 days starting from the date you specify, will be needed for each visit. Permits are free and a maximum of 12 permits can be applied for each year. 

The current odd and even number plate system will continue to apply at present and restrictions on the types of waste you can bring to a HWRC will also continue for the present. 

To make sure that our facilities can operate within the guidelines, and to protect the safety of our staff and our residents, anyone in self isolation or with COVID-19 symptoms must not visit under any circumstances. If your household has had Covid-19 symptoms, the waste should be left for 72 hours before being brought to site, and the waste should be double bagged.  

If you are unsure whether your van meets the description of a car-derived van, please visit the Gov.uk website to check.

Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Wrekenton Campground
08 June 2020

Owners of small car-based vans are now able to use our Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs), providing they apply for a permit first. 

Previously only private cars have been permitted to use the centres after they reopened to the public last month. Now, with demand beginning to settle, the council is allowing small car-derived vans to visit the sites to drop off. 

Also permitted will be family pick-up trucks and 4x4 type vehicles with rear panels rather than windows. Vehicles will still need to be no more than 5.5 m in length. 

Larger vans, commercial vehicles or vehicles pulling trailers are still not allowed to use either of the council's HWRCs at the present time, as vehicle access is severely restricted due to the need to have zoned areas for the public the drop-off waste. These zones mean there is limited room for manoeuvring large vehicles and trailers and anyone doing so could present a danger to other users. 

Councillor John Adams, portfolio holder for Housing, Transport and Environment, says "We are gradually getting back to normal but there's still a long way to go yet. 

"It's important to remember that although our Household Waste and Recycling Centres are now open, they are still not fully open and that's because of the need for social distancing. 

"We have had to put measures in place to ensure everyone's safety and that means there are now  limits both to the size of vehicle we can accommodate and the types of waste that people can bring. 

Apply for a permit"We are grateful for the public's continued patience during this worrying time. Hopefully, by restarting the permit scheme and opening up to small vans and larger family vehicles, we're showing that we are going in the right direction." 

Anyone intending to visit with a car-derived van will need to apply for a permit which will then have to be shown along with their driving licence as proof of identity to site staff on entry. These will need to be held up to a closed window as all windows should be kept closed whilst on site. 

A single permit, which will be valid for 28 days starting from the date you specify, will be needed for each visit. Permits are free and a maximum of 12 permits can be applied for each year. 

The current odd and even number plate system will continue to apply at present and restrictions on the types of waste you can bring to a HWRC will also continue for the present. 

To make sure that our facilities can operate within the guidelines, and to protect the safety of our staff and our residents, anyone in self isolation or with COVID-19 symptoms must not visit under any circumstances. If your household has had Covid-19 symptoms, the waste should be left for 72 hours before being brought to site, and the waste should be double bagged.  

If you are unsure whether your van meets the description of a car-derived van, please visit the Gov.uk website to check.

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