PLANS to open Warwickshire’s two remaining recycling centres have been announced.
Stockton and Wellesbourne recycling centres are planned to reopen on Saturday September 26, with bookings scheduled to be released a week before.
The county’s seven larger recycling centres have been open for some months now, but the smaller footprint of the final two sites, and the disposal of two waste streams, have meant more measures were needed to ensure staff and public safety.
Meanwhile at the main centres, booking systems are in place to keep visitors to a minimum and allow for social distancing, as well as preventing traffic queues. Following its success, the system has been adopted by authorities around the country.
There are over 12,000 appointments available each week across the seven recycling centres which will increase when the remaining two sites reopen. Initially, Stockton will be open on Saturday and Sunday only, and Wellesbourne will be open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday only. Usual opening hours for these days will apply.
Officers have also advised Rugby residents to visit alternative sites to the popular Hunters Lane, where they can.
WCC environment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “I am absolutely delighted by how well the reopening of our household waste recycling centres has been received by all our residents, how well the new booking system has enabled effective social distancing and how responsible and courteous all the visitors to our open sites have been. The booking system has drawn recognition nationally as a model of best practice.
“It is great news that all of our facilities will be open when Stockton and Wellesbourne recycling centres reopen on Saturday 26th September. We know how much residents value the service, so I am pleased that we can soon offer the opportunity to recycle at all of our sites, whilst keeping visitors and staff safe.”
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentres to book a slot.