The types of waste accepted at Barnsley’s Household Waste Recycling have been expanded following a successful re-launch two weeks ago, but strict social distancing and some restrictions remain in place.
The centres at Goldthorpe, Penistone, Smithies and Worsbrough re-opened on May 6 after being closed due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) initially accepting only essential waste.
Visitors can now bring cardboard, DIY waste such as timber, rubble and scrap metal, alongside excess ‘grey bin’ waste and garden waste. We still cannot yet accept plastics, plasterboard, furniture, white goods or electronics.
A restriction on the number of vehicles allowed into the centres at any one time is still in place and the council is urging residents to only visit Household Waste Recycling Centres if they really need to.
Long queues are expected at all the sites and anyone attending should expect delays. Traffic management remains in place to control queues outside the sites. We ask those queuing for the site to turn their engines off until it is their time to move forward.
This week’s expansion is the second stage of our phased approach to getting the sites back to full capacity. We'll keep monitoring social distancing measures and if they are working well, we hope to move to the next phase and further expand the types of waste accepted.
It is vital that social distancing and safe use of the sites are maintained to keep the sites open. The council asks that people only attend the sites if they really need to. Those who do attend are asked to have patience, and to bear in mind the following:
- Wait until the ramp for the skip is clear leaving enough space to maintain social distance.
- Only one person per car. Where this is not possible only one person (adult) will be permitted to leave the vehicle once inside the centre.
- Only bring waste you can manage yourself as staff will not be able to help in disposing of items due to social distancing.
- One visit per day per vehicle to give everyone an opportunity to dispose of essential waste safely.
- You may be asked to return another day if the queue is too long before closing time.
- Only cars and small vans are allowed inside the centre. Trailers, long wheelbase vans or vehicles longer than 5.2m are not allowed. The standard exceptions, such as disabled vehicle access will still apply.
- Respect people – abuse of operatives and others will not be tolerated. CCTV and body-worn cameras are in use. Offences will be investigated and could lead to prosecution.
All the sites are open seven days a week. Opening times have been adjusted as follows:
- Goldthorpe: 9.00am to 5.00pm
- Penistone: 9.30am to 4.30pm
- Smithies: 9.30am to 4.30pm
- Worsbrough: 8.30am to 7pm
Our large item collection service is available to help residents who need to dispose of bulky waste and cannot wait for Household Waste Recycling Centres to accept it.
Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Environment and Transportation), said: “I would like to thank the people of Barnsley who in the vast majority of cases have so far been extremely responsible in coming to use our Household Waste Recycling Centres.
“They can only remain open if we all do our bit to help maintain social distancing which helps us all control the spread of Coronavirus. So far people are supporting us in this for which we’re really grateful.
“We’ve now been able to move to the next phase. If this works well in the coming weeks, and people deposit their cardboard and DIY waste safely while keeping social distance, and without queues getting too long, we’ll look to remove yet more restrictions on what people can bring and hopefully get the sites back to full capacity.”
See www.barnsley.gov.uk/recycling-centre-restrictions for more information.