Be aware and take care at Household Waste and Recycling Centres

Barnsley Council and FCC Environment are urging residents to keep their kids, pets and themselves safe this autumn. 

This autumn throughout the UK, many people will need to make a visit to one of the hundreds of Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) found up and down the country.

FCC, which operates some 100 recycling centres on behalf of many local authorities like Barnsley Council, would like to remind residents of the potential hazards at HWRCs. They are keen to help residents stay safe on site by sharing advice and warning of some of the risks.

Sort before you visit
Pre-sorting items at home can help save time and provide a quicker and more efficient visit. 

Avoid slips, trips and falls
Something may fall and smash, and other residents may be carrying large or heavy items, meaning sensible shoes are a must no matter the weather. Bare feet are not allowed.

Follow the signs
On arrival, a member of staff will be on hand to meet, greet and provide directions to the appropriate disposal bays. These are clearly laid out and signed to help residents find the areas they need. 

Children and pets should remain in vehicles
With cars, vans and trucks reversing and bulky items being moved around, it's important that children of all ages, as well as pets, stay inside vehicles for their own safety. Children are often keen to be green and help out, but pre-sorting items at home can keep them engaged with recycling, as well as safe.

Barnsley's Household Waste and Recycling Centres
Many residents are already doing a fantastic job of recycling their waste at sites across the borough. From April to July this year, Barnsley residents recycled 69% of waste through the council’s HWRC sites. As part of the #EverybodyThink campaign, the council is encouraging everyone to do their bit to increase recycling rates and get rid of unwanted items responsibly.

Residents can use the four HWRCs to dispose of general household waste in addition to recycling materials including garden waste, glass, plastics, cardboard, cans and electrical items.

Barnsley’s HWRCs are open seven days a week throughout the year, closing only on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. During the winter period, centres will be reducing their opening hours. All sites are now open the following times until March 2020:

Smithies Lane, Barnsley, S71 1NL - 9am to 4pm
Springvale, Penistone, S36 6HH - 9am to 4pm
Nicholas Lane, Goldthorpe, S63 9AT - 9am to 4pm
West Street, Worsbrough, S70 5DJ - 8am to 4pm

Residents with large, unwanted items can also arrange collection from their homes for as little as £20 for two items. 

Barnsley residents will need to provide either identification with proof of address or a resident's permit to enter any of the four HWRCs. 

For further information on all things recyclable and waste related visit: barnsley.gov.uk/waste.

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.

We're committed to #ProtectIt by looking after our beautiful borough, making it easier for you to dispose of large items, recycle and make your home more energy-efficient. #OwnIt by making some small changes, such as recycling and reporting litter and fly-tipping to keep Barnsley clean and green.

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