Recycling centres to open again from June 1

Published: Wednesday 20 May 2020

An exterior shot of the recycling and waste facility for Cambuslang and Rutherglen

Residents will be able to use South Lanarkshire’s household waste recycling centres again from 1 June.

The council has confirmed the move, which is in line with other councils across Scotland and is dependent on Scottish Government advice that it is safe for waste sites to open again.

However, residents should consider if their trip is really necessary, as lengthy queues are likely, especially in the days immediately after re-opening. 

To keep site users and staff safe, there will be a number of temporary changes to the arrangements that were in place before the sites were closed due to the COVD-19 pandemic.

These are:
• Only visit the site if you have no COVID-19 symptoms.
• Access is for South Lanarkshire residents only – please bring proof of address
• Cars only - no vans, no trailers, no trade waste
• There will be a queueing system – a limited number of cars will be allowed inside at a time
• Once parked in a bay, only one person can exit each car
• Users must stay in their own bay
• Each bay will have 3 skips, which initially will be available for:
Black bag waste
Cardboard (but not paper)
Compostable garden Waste

We have prioritised these waste types to meet what we believe will be residents’ main needs at this time.  This will be kept under review, but means that we will not be able to accept bulky items, furniture, building materials, wood, electricals, electronics, soil, rubble, polythene or polystyrene until further notice.

Arrangements have been worked out with Viridor, who run five of the six sites in South Lanarkshire.

Residents travelling to sites should expect delays.  Sites will open at 9am seven days a week, and cars will be able to join the queue up to 7pm Monday to Friday, 6pm on Saturdays and 5pm on Sundays. Joining the queue will not be permitted after these times.

There will be road diversions and traffic controls in place, and signage and staff will be present at the entry point and along the queue, to provide any advice and ensure that regulations are being followed to ensure everyone’s safety.

Please be patient. Unfortunately, site staff will not be able to physically assist with disposal. There will be zero tolerance of any abuse of staff or any other anti-social behaviour.

Michael McGlynn, Executive Director of Community and Enterprise Resources, said: “We really appreciate the patience and understanding that the vast majority of people have shown while our household waste and recycling centres have had to be closed.

“There will be just a short period of further closure while we work towards re-opening, and I want to thank the council staff involved, and also Viridor and their staff, for their efforts to do this.

“The good news is that our sites will be open again very soon, with some temporary restrictions to maximise safety and meet what we believe will be local residents’ needs. We look forward to once again running this service alongside the others that we have been able to maintain throughout, thanks to our staff, notably kerbside bin collections.”

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