Halton Borough Council will reopen its Household Waste Recycling Centres on Monday 4 May 2020, with restrictions and traffic management in place at each site.

When reopened, the centres will be operating guidelines with respect to the necessity of visits, social distancing on site and queuing. The priority at all times will be the safety of residents and hard-working staff at the centres. The following restrictions will be in place:

● The number of vehicles allowed on site will be restricted, and queuing times will be significantly higher
● Cars only
● One person per vehicle (NB. Blue Badge holders will be able to be accompanied by one family member)
● No vans, commercial-type vehicles or large trailers.
● Social distancing of at least 2 metres will be strictly enforced.
● Site Employees will not be able to assist with unloading.
● Sites will be open 8.00 am – 8.00 pm every day.

If households have had COVID-19 symptoms then waste should be left for at least 72 hours before disposal and personal waste should be safely double bagged. Place it in your normal bin collection if you can.

Cllr Stef Nelson, Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for Environmental Services, said: “We know that the Household Waste Recycling Centres are important to our local community and we appreciate the patience people have shown over recent weeks while the centres have been closed.

“When they reopen, restrictions will be in place and it is likely that queues will be much longer than usual. These measures are essential to ensure the safety of the public and our staff, so if you really need to visit one of the centres, please be prepared for the wait and listen to the directions of staff on site.”

The decision to reopen the sites at Picow Farm Road, Runcorn and Johnsons Lane, Widnes, is in line with the announcement that Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority intends to reopen its sites across the rest of the Liverpool City Region, with restrictions and subject to traffic management plans being in place for each site.

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