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Recycling Centres reopening – Frequently Asked Questions (May 1st 2020)

Most of Merseyside’s Household Recycling Centres (not including Formby, Sefton Meadows and Rainhill) reopen on Monday 4th May.

To help you plan your visit we’ve put together a range of the most FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS below:

Why are certain Centres are closed?


Our Rainhill Centre is currently closed. The opening is under review and we are working with the Council and Police to ensure a safe opening of the site.

Our Clatterbridge site on the Wirral is open but will be closed temporarily on Wednesday 6th May to enable traffic light repair and maintenance and will reopen on Thursday 7th May.

Sefton Meadows and Formby will remain closed, pending further detailed discussions with local councils and the Police to ensure safe traffic management arrangements are implemented


Will I have to book a slot to visit the sites? No we are not operation a booking system
Will the sites be busy?


We expect all our sites to be exceptionally busy, so if your journey is not essential and your waste can wait, we’d advise postponing your visit for now.


How long will I have to queue at the site?


The queues expected at our sites mean that you could be waiting a long time at some sites – you may have to queue for several hours
Do you have any way for residents to see how long the the queues are at sites – via camera or on your website? We will endeavour to provide updates of queue times each day which we will place on our website.
How many cars will be allowed on site?


There will be restrictions on site and there will only be a few cars allowed on site at any one time. Please follow staff instructions.
What are the social distancing restrictions in place?


You will be directed to a designated space and you will be expected to follow the social distancing rules as instructed. Where possible a one way system will be marked and designated on each site.


What can I bring to site? The full range of household waste and recyclable materials can be brought to sites
What if I have waste relating to coronavirus infection? If any households have had COVID-19 symptoms the residual waste should be double bagged and left for 72 hours before being putting in your residual bin or brought to site in accordance with Public Health England guidance.


Can I walk waste onto site? Walk in access with waste will not be allowed.


Will anyone on site be able to help unload? Don’t bring large or heavy items – staff will not be able to help you unload your car due social distancing restrictions.


Is the Permit Scheme in operation at sites?


The Commercial Vehicle Permit Scheme is temporarily suspended and vans and large trailers will not be able to access sites. If your vehicle would not normally need a permit, please assume that it will be allowed on site. This will be kept under review.


Can I come to site in a van or bring a large trailer?


Vans, large trailers and commercial vehicles will not be allowed on sites when they open from Monday 4th May. We are keeping this decision under review and hope to be able to start to provide access got these types of vehicles through our Permit Scheme in the near future.


I have a small trailer (less than 2 metres) can I bring that to the site? Small Trailers (those less than 2 metres) that do not usually need a permit will be allowed on site.


How many people can be in the car?


One person per car to visit our sites – If you need someone else to drive the car or need help with your waste, one person from your household can accompany you. However only one person will be allowed out of the car to dispose of the waste.


Can I bring my children with me?


Do not bring children to site unless you really have to. If you do bring children they will not be allowed to leave the car.


Are there any traffic restrictions at the site or on the surrounding roads?


There will be queues and there may be restrictions on the highways and roads leading up to the sites, there will be traffic marshals at most sites and we ask people to adhere to any advice they may give.



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