As capacity at Waldo Road and Churchfields Road reuse and recycling centres has again been successfully increased, usual ways of working are being re-introduced, alongside existing social distancing measures.
As virtual full capacity has been reached, the temporary measure of appointments to help minimise queuing is being ended. Visitors to both the sites are being reminded to check the web cameras before starting their journey to gauge how busy the sites are and help with journey planning to help minimise congestion. The sites are now operating at near normal levels with social distancing measures being observed to safeguard both staff and the public. Anyone with an upcoming appointment is being advised to visit the site when convenient.
Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services said “We are operating near normally now and mindful of the wait for the next available appointment, we are responding to this demand pressure. It is absolutely crucial that we maintain the social distancing though and need the support of everyone to make this work. Please be patient when visiting and remember to keep your distance. The booking system enabled us to be the first borough to re-open our very busy household waste and recycling centres and we will monitor this carefully as well as reflecting on future operational options to maximise efficiency whilst minimising congestion.”
Councillor Huntington-Thresher continued, “Bromley was the first London borough to safely re-open reuse and recycling centres following the coronavirus pandemic. The appointments system was introduced in order to maintain this valuable service within strict government guidelines, including the original 2metre (6.5feet) social distancing measures. We received many compliments for the appointment system, but like any system there were positives and negatives.”
Now appointments are no longer necessary, residents will still need their Bromley Council waste pass when they visit the sites. Staff will be on hand to help and guide but to comply with social distancing measures in place, they will not be able to physically help which includes removing items from vehicles.
As the reuse and recycling centres may become busier again, residents are encouraged to use the web cams on the council’s website www.bromley.gov.uk/wastenews
to avoid queuing before they visit. The sites are likely to be particularly busy at weekends and bank holidays and residents are advised to avoid these times if they can.
Those residents who are self-isolating due to Covid-19 or appear to be unwell should not attend the sites as they will not be permitted access. For the latest updates please visit the council’s website www.bromley.gov.uk/covid-19
Residents are reminded that instead of visiting a reuse and recycling centre, they could arrange for a retailer to remove and dispose of their unwanted item(s) when delivering new goods or make use of the many re-use websites to find a new homes for their unwanted items which have life left in them.
By giving unwanted items such as furniture, clothes, phones and computers to charity for example, residents are helping the environment, saving money and benefiting the community. Shoes, clothes, textiles, batteries and more can be taken to one of the on-street recycling banks or recycled in a household collection.
Residents may be interested in the council’s bulky waste scheme. There is a minimum charge of £36 and the final cost will depend on the number and type of items. A full list of prices is available when booked or a no-obligation estimate available in advance.