Recycling centres to reopen next week with restrictions in place

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Recycling centres are set to reopen in Merseyside on Monday with certain restrictions in place.

In a statement today, Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, confirmed the decision to reopen all household waste recycling centres in the region on May 4.

The organisation said clear guidelines will be imposed regarding the necessity of visits and people will be required to follow social distancing rules at all times.

Only one person per vehicle will be allowed on site and queuing times are expected to be significantly higher than usual.

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The restrictions will be as follows:

● The number of vehicles allowed on site will be restricted, and
queuing times will be significantly higher.

● Cars only
● One person per vehicle – apart from Blue Badge holders who will be able to
be accompanied by one family member
● No vans, commercial-type vehicles or large trailers
● Social distancing of at least two 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

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority said: "Our priority at all times is the

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safety of residents and the hard working staff at all of our Centres.

"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.

"We’d like to thank all residents for their understanding and patience during this challenging time."

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayo Steve Rotheram said: “All leaders are supporting this decision.

"We recognise that the Waste Authority has to reopen the sites with safety as a priority, and we are urging residents to check the restrictions on the MRWA website and be prepared for very long waiting times.”

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “I commend the decision to open the sites with social distancing, we are doing this to avoid waste becoming a problem at home.

"Please only travel if it is essential and follow the instructions given to you by staff on site.”

For more information visit the MRWA's website here.

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