Local residents lined up after the first suggestions reopened since the start of the blockade.
Merthyr Tydfil’s council was one of the first in Wales to open household recycling centers on Wednesday (May 20).
Prime Minister Mark Drakeford announced almost two weeks ago that domestic waste libraries and recycling centers have been authorized to reopen, although it will be up to the 22 local authorities in Wales to decide on an individual basis whether and how to do it.
All councils agreed on a common set of criteria that must be met before safe reopening of recycling sites can be considered. The advice should be satisfied that:
- An adequate level of staff is available to manage the facilities.
- The sites can comply with strict health and safety requirements including sanitation, social removal and the implications for traffic management.
- Trade unions are consulted to agree on the basis for any reopening and operation of the centers.
Merthyr Tydfil’s council reopened its suggestions with a list of rules and regulations for the people who use them.
They included residents who used their center only on the day of separate collection, organized the waste before leaving the house and did not get out of the car until they were instructed. The complete list of rules is available here.
The Dowlais and Aberfan centers will now be open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 16:30.
Key workers can access the sites on any day by providing proof of their work using the valid NHS card or job ID.
Councilor David Hughes, a member of the Cabinet for Neighborhood Services, Planning and the Campaign, said: “We know that many of our residents have been keen to reopen household waste and recycling centers, so we are delighted that the guidelines of the Welsh government now allow us to do it.
“We urge people to continue using kerbside waste collection and recycling wherever possible and visit HWRCs only to dispose of items they are unable to dispose of on kerbside.
“We are delighted to be able to reopen the sites and implement the guidelines following rigorous risk assessments. We ask residents to always follow these guidelines to make sure they are safe environments for everyone.”
The Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) recycling centers will reopen on Friday (May 22).
Council leader Andrew Morgan said their centers will introduce social distancing rules and a strict limit on the number of vehicles authorized at any time on the site. In addition, people will not be allowed to leave their vehicle until they are on site.
Two temporary sites will be created for 10 days and the opening hours will be extended to 9-19.
The Newport and Neath Port Talbot centers will reopen next week and the Cardiff council says an online booking system is under development that will allow residents to reserve a space for appointments.
Details on the plans for other tips in Wales are here.