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Waste sites now accepting full range of waste

Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Wrekenton Campground

Gateshead's Household Waste and Recycling Centres are now accepting the full range of waste - though strict social distancing measures remain in place for the moment. 

Waste centres at Blaydon and Wrekenton were forced to close in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and partially re-opened in early May for a limited range of waste materials. Restrictions were also placed on the number of vehicles visiting the sites. 

Now, from tomorrow (August 4, 2020) the full range of waste materials will now be accepted at both sites, though the current odd and even number plate system will continue to apply for the moment. 

It means that items such as metals, rubble, textiles and large electrical appliances can all now be disposed of. 

Previously, each site was divided into four separate zones providing access for one vehicle at a time. This has now been changed to two larger zones serving three vehicles at a time. However, manoeuvring space will still be limited so current restrictions on the types of vehicles allowed to use the sites will remain. 

As a result only cars, car-derived vans and pick-ups will be permitted to use the HWRCs with no access for large vans, vehicle trailers or commercial vehicles of any type. 

Councillor John Adams, portfolio holder for Housing, Transport and the Environment, says: 

"We're slowly getting back to normal, but I'm afraid we're not there yet. We know that the risk of a second spike in Covid-19 is still very real so we have to continue enforcing social distancing at our waste sites at least for the moment. 

Household Waste and Recycle Centres - more info"Obviously, if we do see an increase in Covid-19 cases then we will have to revert back to the way we previously operated these sites, but hopefully people will behave sensibly and we can continue our journey back to normality. 

"Going to the household waste and recycling site will still be different to the way it was before the lockdown, but by extending the range of materials that people can dispose of it should help people to get rid of the things they've had cluttering their homes and garages over the past few months. 

"Queues are likely, however, so please be patient." 

To help maintain a safe social distance, only one person will be allowed to leave their vehicle while on site. Access to the gantries overlooking the skips will also be restricted to one person at any one time, unless a waste item is too heavy for one person to manage and then another adult from the same car will be allowed to help. 

The sites will continue to be open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. 

When the HWRCs reopened in May, we introduced an odd and even number plate system to help manage traffic and reduce queuing. This means the public can only visit the recycling centres on certain days depending on your vehicle number plate. Vehicles ending with an odd number are allowed access on dates with an odd number and even numbered plates are allowed access on dates with an even number. 

Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Wrekenton Campground
03 August 2020

Gateshead's Household Waste and Recycling Centres are now accepting the full range of waste - though strict social distancing measures remain in place for the moment. 

Waste centres at Blaydon and Wrekenton were forced to close in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and partially re-opened in early May for a limited range of waste materials. Restrictions were also placed on the number of vehicles visiting the sites. 

Now, from tomorrow (August 4, 2020) the full range of waste materials will now be accepted at both sites, though the current odd and even number plate system will continue to apply for the moment. 

It means that items such as metals, rubble, textiles and large electrical appliances can all now be disposed of. 

Previously, each site was divided into four separate zones providing access for one vehicle at a time. This has now been changed to two larger zones serving three vehicles at a time. However, manoeuvring space will still be limited so current restrictions on the types of vehicles allowed to use the sites will remain. 

As a result only cars, car-derived vans and pick-ups will be permitted to use the HWRCs with no access for large vans, vehicle trailers or commercial vehicles of any type. 

Councillor John Adams, portfolio holder for Housing, Transport and the Environment, says: 

"We're slowly getting back to normal, but I'm afraid we're not there yet. We know that the risk of a second spike in Covid-19 is still very real so we have to continue enforcing social distancing at our waste sites at least for the moment. 

Household Waste and Recycle Centres - more info"Obviously, if we do see an increase in Covid-19 cases then we will have to revert back to the way we previously operated these sites, but hopefully people will behave sensibly and we can continue our journey back to normality. 

"Going to the household waste and recycling site will still be different to the way it was before the lockdown, but by extending the range of materials that people can dispose of it should help people to get rid of the things they've had cluttering their homes and garages over the past few months. 

"Queues are likely, however, so please be patient." 

To help maintain a safe social distance, only one person will be allowed to leave their vehicle while on site. Access to the gantries overlooking the skips will also be restricted to one person at any one time, unless a waste item is too heavy for one person to manage and then another adult from the same car will be allowed to help. 

The sites will continue to be open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. 

When the HWRCs reopened in May, we introduced an odd and even number plate system to help manage traffic and reduce queuing. This means the public can only visit the recycling centres on certain days depending on your vehicle number plate. Vehicles ending with an odd number are allowed access on dates with an odd number and even numbered plates are allowed access on dates with an even number. 

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