Temporary re-opening of green garden waste sites at weekends in May

Published Monday, 4 May 2020

The council is pleased to advise residents that a limited number of green garden waste sites will be open for the remaining weekends in May.

The temporary opening of green garden waste sites, with accompanying social distancing measures, are designed to help ease the pressure on demand during the phased reopening of the borough’s two household waste and recycling centres at Churchfields and Waldo Road.

Residents will need to be able to remove their own green garden waste from their car and bring their waste permit.

Residents will also be asked to only attend the site with a passenger from the same household if this person is required to physically help lift items from the vehicle, with Veolia’s staff only able to assist at a distance.

The following locations will be open at the weekend at the following times:

Saturdays 9 – 30 May 2020, 11am to 4pm, and Sundays 10 – 31 May 2020, 8am - 12noon 

  • Bromley: Norman Park, Hook Farm Road (off Bromley Common)
  • Green St Green: Salt Depot, Shire Lane Spur (off Sevenoaks Road)
  • St Paul's Cray: Cotmandene Crescent car park (off Chipperfield Road)

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services said, “We obviously operationally remain in challenging times, but as we work out of the London wide waste centre shutdown, restoring services, this is the logical next step to assist residents, providing them with an opportunity to clear their stored green garden waste.

Although queues can be expected and strict social distancing measures will be in operation at all times to protect members of the public and our staff on duty alike, the more people who use these satellite sites for their green garden waste the better, as it supports much needed extra capacity at Churchfields and Waldo Road for those who have no choice other than to access them.

We will keep this under review but in a similar way to our experiment to partially re-open both of those sites from today by using an innovative booking system supported by compulsory ID requirements, re-opening our green garden waste sites will only work if those depositing waste work co-operatively and follow the instructions of the staff on site at all times for obvious health and safety reasons.

I hope that I can count on your support as I know that by working together we can make this work and by so doing, keep the sites open as we are all so keen to do.”

Simon Moore, Regional Manager for Veolia Bromley, said, “Veolia understands that the household waste and recycling centres network is very important to the community.  We want to be able to help residents who cannot keep their waste at home safely, help to ease the pressure on local kerbside collections, and discourage fly tipping. We have worked very hard with Bromley Council to carefully plan the reopening of the sites to ensure they are a safe place to work for our team and public to visit. 

“We are asking all site users to support our hard working teams on the front line by following the guidance on their council’s webpage and any information or instructions provided at the site.”

Residents are reminded that our green garden waste collection subscription service provides regular collections of green garden waste from their home, saving time queuing and cleaning the car after their visit. Find out more about our green garden waste wheelie bin collection service.

ENDS

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