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Household Waste and Recycling Centres to move to winter hours

Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Wrekenton Campground

Gateshead's Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will return to winter opening hours from Thursday 1 October. 

From that date, opening hours at both Campground HWRC in Wrekenton and Cowen Road HWRC in Blaydon will be from 9am to 5pm on weekdays and from 9am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays - in other words, normal winter opening hours. 

During the summer, HWRCs have been open from 8am to 8pm to help cope with the backlog of domestic waste and recycling created by the closure of the two centres during the lockdown. Much of that backlog has now been dealt with and queues to get into the two centres have mostly reduced. 

Restrictions on the type of vehicles allowed to access the centres, and the types of waste which can be disposed of, have also been gradually reducing over the summer. Earlier this month, restrictions banning the use of cars with trailers were finally lifted after the numbers of people using Gateshead's HWRCs had begun to decline slightly, reducing wait times and allowing more space for vehicles to manoeuvre. 

However, strict social distancing measures remain and as a result restrictions on the use of large vans and other commercial vehicles remain and the odd-even number plate system is being retained to manage public demand while space is limited due to the social distancing measures. 

Our HWRCs - what you need to knowCouncillor John Adams, portfolio holder for Housing and Environment, says: "We normally see a reduction in the numbers of people using our waste and recycling sites during the winter months, so this reduction in opening hours is actually quite normal. 

"We find that late opening is a lot less popular during the dark winter months when many people are less inclined to be out and about. 

"We have seen a gradual easing of our restrictions at Gateshead's HWRCs over the summer months, but we are watching the Covid-19 situation very closely and this easing could be reversed if the rates of infection continue to rise and people fail to follow our strict 2m social distance rules. 

"We have no immediate plans to close the HWRCs, but we are keeping the matter under close attention. We therefore urge people to maintain social distancing and follow our guidelines closely when dropping off their waste at one of our sites. It's in all of our interests." 

Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Wrekenton Campground
23 September 2020

Gateshead's Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will return to winter opening hours from Thursday 1 October. 

From that date, opening hours at both Campground HWRC in Wrekenton and Cowen Road HWRC in Blaydon will be from 9am to 5pm on weekdays and from 9am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays - in other words, normal winter opening hours. 

During the summer, HWRCs have been open from 8am to 8pm to help cope with the backlog of domestic waste and recycling created by the closure of the two centres during the lockdown. Much of that backlog has now been dealt with and queues to get into the two centres have mostly reduced. 

Restrictions on the type of vehicles allowed to access the centres, and the types of waste which can be disposed of, have also been gradually reducing over the summer. Earlier this month, restrictions banning the use of cars with trailers were finally lifted after the numbers of people using Gateshead's HWRCs had begun to decline slightly, reducing wait times and allowing more space for vehicles to manoeuvre. 

However, strict social distancing measures remain and as a result restrictions on the use of large vans and other commercial vehicles remain and the odd-even number plate system is being retained to manage public demand while space is limited due to the social distancing measures. 

Our HWRCs - what you need to knowCouncillor John Adams, portfolio holder for Housing and Environment, says: "We normally see a reduction in the numbers of people using our waste and recycling sites during the winter months, so this reduction in opening hours is actually quite normal. 

"We find that late opening is a lot less popular during the dark winter months when many people are less inclined to be out and about. 

"We have seen a gradual easing of our restrictions at Gateshead's HWRCs over the summer months, but we are watching the Covid-19 situation very closely and this easing could be reversed if the rates of infection continue to rise and people fail to follow our strict 2m social distance rules. 

"We have no immediate plans to close the HWRCs, but we are keeping the matter under close attention. We therefore urge people to maintain social distancing and follow our guidelines closely when dropping off their waste at one of our sites. It's in all of our interests." 

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