Weston Mill to reopen on 19 September

Weston Mill Recycling Centre will reopen on Saturday 19 September (at weekends only).

The small facility was closed at the start of the lockdown in March, so that the Council could concentrate on making sure its core bin collections could continue.

Opening times will be from 8.30am to 5.30pm every Saturday and Sunday.

The site will be accepting most of the waste it usually does, including bulky waste, garden waste (not soil – see below), scrap metal and most large appliances like cookers, washing machines, tumble dryers and microwaves.

For the time being the following items will not be taken:

  • Soil and hardcore
  • Fridges and freezers
  • TVs and small electrical items
  • Recycling ‘bring bank’ items, such as clothing, cans and glass bottles

Weston Mill has never accepted:

  • Antifreeze, asbestos or chemicals
  • Car or household batteries
  • Fluorescent tubes or low energy lamps
  • Gas bottles
  • Plasterboard
  • Cooking or engine oil
  • Hazardous or commercial waste

All of these types of waste can be taken to Chelson Meadow Recycling Centre.

Social distancing measures will be in place and visitors are asked to maintain a two-metre distance from staff at all times. Staff will not be able to help unload or carry waste, so people should only take items they can handle without assistance. Please remember there are steps up to the disposal containers at Weston Mill.

No vans or trailers will be allowed, as has always been the case at this site.

A maximum of two adults will be allowed per vehicle to limit the number of people on site and aid social distancing. As always, children must stay in the vehicle at all times while on site.

Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene, said: “Weston Mill is a lot more confined than Chelson Meadow, which is why we have waited until we are as confident as we can be about what works and what doesn’t in terms of reopening the site during a pandemic.

“We still have to make sure that we can keep the public and our staff safe and we will be working at a significantly reduced capacity. We will be keeping arrangements under review.”

There will be no special traffic management measures but the number of vehicles allowed onto the site at any one time will be limited and the site may have to close temporarily at busy times, if queues impact the surrounding roads.

Extra signs will be in place to remind people about the site rules and restrictions, as well as waiting times. People may start to see activity at the site next week, while preparations and deliveries are being made, ready for reopening.