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Some household waste and recycling sites to reopen for essential drop offs

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Friday 19 February 2021

The Household Waste & Recycling Centre (HWRC) and Chouet green waste site will reopen from Monday 22nd February for islanders who have materials they are unable to keep hold of any longer.

However restrictions will be in place, which may result in delays in gaining access to both sites, and payment for dropping off non-recyclable items will be by credit or debit card only. Bring bank sites remain closed, in line with Public Health guidance.

Site staff will be managing traffic flows and restricting the number of customers on site at any one time. Drop off bays will be arranged so that islanders can safely unload while adhering to social distancing. All site users will be required to wear face coverings unless exempt, and staff will be unable to assist unloading vehicles or dropping off items.

Textiles for the Salvation Army clothing bank and items for reuse, normally taken by charity reuse partner GO, will not be accepted for now. Islanders are asked to keep hold of these for the time being.

Guernsey Waste's Operations Manager, Sarah Robinson said: ''To be able to reopen these sites so early, we have had to introduce measures to protect both site staff and users. We are therefore anticipating there may be some queues, as we will only be allowing five members of the public into the HWRC at any one time, and a similar restricted number into the Chouet green waste site.

"We would ask everyone, in line with Public Health's continued message to stay at home, to only come to the sites if absolutely necessary, and if you do, please be patient.

"Users are asked to come alone wherever possible, unless they need to bring another member of their household to help unload their vehicle. As always abuse of site staff will not be tolerated and commercial customers are prohibited and will be turned away."

Ms Robinson said anyone going to the HWRC can assist by loading their car in a way that allows them to easily get to materials in the right order, as they go around the site. This will help reduce queuing time for other islanders needing to use the site.

Anyone who is unfamiliar with the layout of the centre can go to www.gov.gg/hwrc, where there is a site map.

It will also be important for all site users to observe social distancing measures.

"Everyone who comes on to site will need to follow closely any staff directions, otherwise we will have to review the provision of the facilities during this early stage in the exit from lockdown," she said.

Mont Cuet and the Longue Hougue Land Reclamation site will also reopen under normal hours from Monday to enable commercial companies, who are able to work given the new guidance, to drop off waste. Social distancing will need to be adhered to and face coverings worn unless exempt.

Bring bank sites are not expected to reopen during this initial stage if the exit from lockdown. Households are therefore being encouraged to make full use of kerbside collections. There is no limit on the number of recycling bags that can be set out provided they contain the correct materials as listed on the bags themselves.

Opening times for all public waste and recycling sites can be found at www.gov.gg/wasteopeningtimes

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