South Gloucestershire recycling centres remove restrictions on waste
RESTRICTIONS on the type of waste people can take to recycling centres have now been removed.
As of today, South Gloucestershire Sort It centres in Mangotsfield, Thornbury and Yate will resuming the normal range of services, including accepting garden waste, plastic and electrical appliances for recycling.
The only exception is clothing, which cannot be left for recycling as the council's textile recycling contractor is currently closed. People are being advised to keep any textiles at home until further notice.
Sites were initially closed by South Gloucestershire Council in March as the coronavirus lockdown began.
Three of its four centres reopened last Saturday but at first only accepted non-recyclable black bin waste and large items such as furniture and mattresses.
The restrictions were said to be necessary to “implement essential social distancing measures and evaluate how efficiently the sites were operating with the measures in place.”
But the council has now said: “With residents listening to advice around only using the sites if absolutely necessary, it now means we can return to accepting our normal range of waste and we will continue to offer extended opening hours until further notice.”
The Thornbury, Yate and Mangotsfield centres are open from 6am to 6pm, seven days a week, including Bank Holiday Monday. The council’s other tip at Little Stoke remains shut, as is the re-use shop at the Thornbury recycling centre.
Council cabinet member for communities Rachael Hunt said: “I want to thank our residents for heeding our advice and only using the centres if it is not safe to store their waste at home for the time being.
“I encourage people to monitor our website for the latest information, as we will be reviewing the situation regularly and will provide updates as and when required.
“To help reduce queues we are advising people to make use of the extended opening hours and to visit when the sites are quieter. Sorting your waste before you leave will also help to speed up your visit.”
The council is advising anyone visiting the tips that staff will not be able to help them unload vehicles, so they should only bring what they can unload themselves or with someone from their household.
No trailers are allowed.