Household recycling sites reorganised to give more appointments

Published Friday, 10 July 2020

Changes to the government’s social distancing rules have enabled capacity and increased appointments at both the household waste and recycling centres. Both the Waldo Road and the Churchfields Road sites are being re-organised accordingly. The sites will still see cleaning of surfaces and social distancing reminders for residents’ well-being.

The booking system is continuing over the summer and has been welcomed by the majority of Bromley residents as it provided certainty of being able to dispose of recycling and waste, significantly reduced queuing times and avoided the significant traffic congestion problems experienced locally every summer around the sites.

Every summer there is considerable demand for access to Waldo Road and Churchfields, with all the issues and inconvenience that brings. As demand is forecast to reduce in September, the council is currently planning to stop the booking system in September.  Residents are being reminded to check the webcams from 1st September before visiting, when it is envisaged appointments will no longer be needed.

The innovative booking system enabled both household waste and recycling centres to be the first sites to re-open in London. The site reorganisation has allowed more booking slots to be added daily to the online system. The demand for the sites following the closure during the lockdown has coincided with the usual summer peak demand. If anyone has an appointment that is no-longer required, residents are asked to email to cancel their booking so another resident can use it. 

“We have reached a critical stage in restoring full access to our household waste and recycling centres which are extremely busy sites compared with other places.  The booking system has stopped the expected queues and chaos developing and has generated lots of compliments.  We are very aware of the need to increase capacity, which we are doing, by adding more appointments on a daily basis, with a view to stopping this entirely on 1 September.  I would like to thank residents for their continued support, understanding and patience” said Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services.

The decision to continue the booking system until September coincides with essential planned work continuing at the Waldo Road site, with a perimeter wall being reconstructed, restricting capacity and reducing space needed for social distancing requirements.  Residents are being asked to make full use of our other recycling options if possible to help reduce the demand on Waldo Road and Churchfields.


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