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What the Wales Councils are planning to do about the reopening of councils and recycling centers

Welsh councils are planning when to reopen their councils and recycling centers.

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford announced last Friday that household waste libraries and recycling centers will reopen, although it will be up to the 22 local Welsh authorities on an individual basis if 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 the reopening and operation of the centers.

Here’s what the Welsh councils are saying about their plans so far.

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) recycling centers will reopen on Friday 22 May.

Council leader Andrew Morgan confirmed the reopening date, with the centers introducing social distancing rules and a strict limit on the number of vehicles authorized at any time. 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 number of trucks dealing with materials will have increased.

Cllr Morgan asked people to act responsibly and avoid rushing to facilities when they reopen so they can keep their social distances.

Cardiff

In the Welsh capital, the sites are unlikely to reopen immediately.

In terms of other councils, a Cardiff Council statement said: “The councils in Wales have agreed together that they should have confidence in adequate levels of staff, health and safety compliance and consultation with unions, before considering the reopening of household waste recycling centers (HWRC) in local areas.

“On Friday, the Prime Minister confirmed plans to change the regulations to allow trips to recycling sites when they will eventually reopen in the future. While this change in the regulation allows councils to reopen the sites, they are unlikely to reopen immediately as each local authority will use their discretion in deciding whether it is safe to do so in line with the situation in their area.

“Local councils will keep residents informed of any plans and schedules to reopen facilities in each area of ​​authority.

“Recycling centers have been closed since the blockade was introduced to minimize non-essential travel. The councils continued to monitor the situation constantly to encourage residents to comply with the measures.”

Carmarthenshire

In Carmarthenshire, plans are already underway for the reopening of libraries and recycling centers for household waste.

Council leader Emlyn Dole said: “We have already begun to consider how we can do this, in line with the guidelines of the Welsh government and other local authorities, but we wish to clarify that we will reopen our services only when we are confident that we can do it safely. , taking into account the well-being of our staff and our residents. “

Neath Port Talbot

The latest update from the Neath Port Talbot council says that all recycling centers remain closed but hope to reopen the sites soon in a way that is as safe as possible for the site’s residents and staff.

Merthyr Tydfil

A spokesman for Merthyr Tydfil’s council said: “All our household waste and recycling centers are currently closed.

“This decision was made in line with central government advice on social distancing and essential travel.

“We ask residents to use the waste disposal and recycling service for as many household waste as possible. Any other materials such as wood, scrap metal, mattresses, rubble, clothes and furniture should be kept available once we are able to reuse -Open.”

Swansea

A spokesman for the Swansea council said: “We are in the early stages of preparing a plan to safely open Swansea’s recycling sites, so as to provide a safe working environment for staff and also for the visiting public, taking into account the latest Welsh Government Guide.

“Confirmation of the dates for the reopening of our sites will be made public in the coming weeks.”

Vale of Glamorgan

Council leader Neil Moore said: “We are already considering how we could start reopening and restoring some services that we have safely suspended. This planning will continue but there will be no immediate changes to any of the measures currently in place. force place.

“We are working with all the councils across Wales to try to ensure that when possible, when services, such as household waste recycling centers, are reopened, they will be reopened simultaneously across Wales in a well-planned way, so to avoid confusion.

“However, it will only be done when we are confident that services can be managed in line with government guidelines to ensure the safety of the public and staff.”

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