Restrictions eased at High Peak tips

Restrictions have been eased at the High Peak's two household waste and recycling centres, meaning residents can now visit any day of the week. 

The county council has confirmed that its nine centres - including at Melandra Road in Glossop and Waterswallows in Buxton - can now accommodate more vehicles on site at any one time while allowing visitors to maintain two-metre social distancing.

It means the odd and even number plate system - which was put in place to restrict the number of vehicles visiting the sites - is now no longer in place.

Councillor Simon Spencer, DCC's Cabinet Member for Highways Transport and Infrastructure, said: “I’d like to thank the public for their patience while we’ve been dealing with this unprecedented situation and for continuing to follow our instructions to help things run smoothly.

“I’m pleased that we’ve been able to improve the layout of our sites to accommodate more vehicles but it’s still not business as usual.

“We’re still not at full capacity so visitors should still be prepared to queue at busy times or return at a quieter time. Social distancing measures are still in place and site users will still need to carry their own waste.

"Skips and ramps should only be approached when it’s clear to do so and visitors should wash their hands when they get home and, of course, stay at home if they’ve had coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days, are self-isolating or at high risk of contracting the virus." 

The centres are still open seven days a week from 8.30am to 6pm. 

Anyone using the sites should wear protective gloves and suitable clothing and footwear to allow them to carry their own waste. Only one person per vehicle should get out of the vehicle unless they need someone to help lift heavy items and children and pets should remain in the vehicle for their own safety and the safety of others.

The queue checking system on the council’s website is no longer in place now more vehicles are allowed on site.

For more information about the types of waste accepted at the sites and all the latest safety information, visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentres. Business or trade waste is not accepted.

The site at Waterswallows is operated on the council’s behalf by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK and the remaining eight are operated by Renewi UK Services Ltd.

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