Caerphilly residents are waiting hours to get rid of rubbish at the council’s recycling centres.
Caerphilly County Borough Council has created a regularly updated page on their website showing the current waiting times at each of their recycling centres.
Currently, four of the six sites in the borough are open to the public today (May 28). The Trehir Civic Amenity Site and the Aberbargoed Civic Amenity Site are closed on Thursdays.
Penallta Civic Amenity Site is currently the busiest recycling centre in the borough and has a waiting time of between two and three hours.
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Residents visiting the other three can expect a waiting time of between one and two hours.
Caerphilly’s recycling centres reopened on Tuesday (May 26), with social distancing measures in place.
Unlike all the other Gwent councils, Caerphilly does not operate a booking system for its residents.
Currently, the recycling centres are only excepting cars – any vans and trailers will be refused entry.
To stay up to date with the recycling centre waiting times visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk/HWRCWaitingTimes
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Council guidance on visiting recycling centres
Traffic management – The council anticipates large numbers of residents will want to use the facilities as soon as they reopen. If queues become excessive, you may be turned away and asked to return at another time or day.
Proof of residency – Drivers will be asked to provide the usual forms of ID as proof of residency within the county borough. These should be held up against your closed driver’s window for inspection by staff outside the vehicle.
Cars only – Access will be for cars only during this interim period. No vans or trailers will be allowed and the council will not be operating the permit system for vans and trailers during this initial period. These will be reintroduced when operating conditions return to normal.
Social distancing – additional precautions and practices will be required to ensure appropriate social distancing is observed at all times, such as limiting the number of vehicles on the ramps.
Limit numbers – Ideally only the driver of the vehicle should be in the car when visiting the HWRC. Anyone displaying symptoms of coronavirus, or who lives with someone who is self-isolating should not visit these facilities
Can you lift it? – Council workers will be unable to assist you unload materials, so only bring what you can safely lift and carry. If you have large household items to dispose of please book a bulky item collection – https://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Services/Household-waste-and-recycling/Bulky-item-collection
Respect staff – The council anticipates high demand for this service, but is unable to operate in the same we as it normally would. The restrictions and additional measures are there to protect everyone and the local authority said it will not tolerate any abuse.
Further information and detailed advice will be issued by the council ahead of the reopening of the sites on Tuesday, May 26.