THE public are being warned to expect long queues at Wirral's tips when they reopen on Monday.
Wirral Council is urging residents not to rush to household waste recycling centres in Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby in the first few days of reopening.
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority along with their contractor Veolia have agreed to reopen, with measures in place to follow government social distancing guidance.
There is also a warning of four hour queues if people all rush to the tip at once
A policy of one person per car and no vans is among changes at the tips to ensure that they can be used efficiently and safely.
Social distancing of at least two metres will be strictly enforced.
Site employees will not be able to help unloading to maintain social distancing.
The tips will be open 8am to 8pm every day (including the Bank Holiday on Friday, May 8).
A council spokesperson said: "While people may joke they have little else to do right now, residents are urged to consider the implications of their actions on others.
"Just as the number of people who are allowed into shops is restricted during this time, the number of vehicles allowed into the tips needs to similarly be restricted.
"The message from all partners involved is, only visit the tip in the first few days if absolutely essential."
Specific traffic management systems will be in place including one-way systems, road closures and stewards to manage the traffic flow for each of Wirral’s three sites in Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby.
The following traffic management plans will be in place at each centre:
West Kirby: A One Way system will be in place along parts of Greenbank Road to manage access into West Kirby waste recycling centre and access for local residents.
In addition, road closures and residents access only restrictions will also be in operation on adjoining side roads.
Stewards will be stationed at key points to support the restrictions.
Bidston: Access to Bidston waste recycling centre will be from the junction of Wallasey Bridge Road / Dock Road roundabout. No access from the junction of Wallasey Bridge Road / Beaufort Road. Diversions will be signed.
Clatterbridge: Access to Clatterbridge waste recycling centre will be available from the northbound section of Mount Road only.
Visitors will also be signed to turn left only out of the site when departing.
Motorists are advised to follow the lane approach signage on arrival to assist with queue management.
The Clatterbridge site will be closed next Wednesday (May 6) while essential maintenance takes place at Clatterbridge Interchange.
The council spokesperson continued: "Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority who manage the Household Waste Recycling Centre, along with their contractor Veolia, agreed to reopen the sites but have put a number of measures in place that follow government social distancing guidance to protect both users and staff.
"These measures will ensure the safe operation not only for those visiting the tip but for residents and amenities in the local area.
"Over the past few weeks, in anticipation of tips reopening, the council’s highway team have been reviewing traffic management plans to ensure the safety of local residents and those travelling to the tips.
"Residents in the local area of West Kirby, Clatterbridge and Bidston will understand the potential risks at each of the HWRC sites.
"The council has a responsibility to minimise traffic, to ensure that the highway can still be used for emergency services, protect residents in the local areas and those travelling to use these sites."