Following government guidance on household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic announced Tuesday 5 May 2020, Walsall’s HWRCs will reopen with limited operations from Saturday 16 May 2020 to support residents needing to dispose of accumulated domestic waste that may present a hazard to health or safety.
Leader of Walsall Council, Councillor Mike Bird, said:
“The council welcomes the government’s guidance around essential trips to the tip under the COVID-19 emergency legislation.
“We have been working with the site operator to make arrangements for the safe reopening of our tips and the resumption of this service, even in a limited capacity, is a good outcome for Walsall residents.
“I know that this will come as good news to many, but we need to remember that we are still in the midst of a public health crisis and a trip to the tip will be different to the way it used to be.
“We need to protect staff as well as residents using the sites and the only safe way we can reopen is to implement strict social distancing measures, limit the number of cars that can enter the tips at one time and reduce the range of materials accepted.
“We are expecting long queues and are putting measures in place to cope with this. If you are making a trip to the tip, please be patient and follow guidance of the onsite operatives, who do a tremendous job. Inform yourself about what is and isn’t going to be accepted before you go to avoid disappointment and wasted journeys.”
The Merchants Way HWRC will reopen daily (Monday–Sunday) from 8.00am–5.30pm. Fryers Road HWRC will reopen from 8.00am–5.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays only to prioritise access on weekdays for refuse collection vehicles and prevent delays to services such as kerbside collections and street cleaning.
Under government guidelines, only essential trips to the tip to dispose of waste or recycling which cannot be stored at home without causing risk of injury, health or harm are permitted.
Walsall tips will accept excess ‘black bag’ waste ― such as food waste, nappies, hygiene products or pet waste — or garden waste which on decomposition may cause a hazard to health. Large electrical items such as fridges and televisions or large items of furniture that could cause injury if stored in households will also be accepted.
In order to operate within the new guidelines, maintain social distancing and ensure waste brought to the tips can be properly processed with limited options available, Walsall HWRCs are not able to accept other waste at this time.
To best support borough households, Walsall HWRCs will be open to Walsall residents only. Those planning to use the sites will need to verify that they live in the borough by providing at least two forms of identification, including photo identification, such as a drivers licence, and proof of address such as a recent utility bill or current council tax summary.
Council staff will be on hand to assist residents in the queue by making sure they are only bringing waste that can be accepted, providing advice on waiting times and revised site procedures, and checking that site users can provide proof of residency.
For further information, please see the Household Waste and Recycling Centre page on our website, or follow Walsall Council Clean and Green Services on Twitter @CleanGreenTweet or on the Walsall Bins and Things Facebook page.