Waste facilities set to take electrical items

Published: Wednesday 10 June 2020

Graphic which shows changes which will come into effect at South Lanarkshire's Waste and Recycling Centres from Thursday, 11 June 2020

Changes will come into effect from tomorrow at South Lanarkshire’s six household waste recycling centres.

From Thursday, 11 June, local residents will be able to dispose of waste electrical and electronic items, and standard-sized vans, carrying household waste, will be permitted access on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The changes follow the re-opening of the six centres on 1 June after arrangements were put in place to protect the health of residents using the facilities and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michael McGlynn, Executive Director of Community and Enterprise Resources, said: “I want to thank everyone for their patience as we have reintroduced these facilities, and the overwhelming majority of people using our centres have been very understanding and co-operative. With their help we have been able to get the service running again with minimal issues.

“With Viridor, who run five of our six centres, we have been listening to local people to find out what they want us to do next. So I am pleased to say that we are now in a position to extend the service further to permit disposal of electrical items.

“We will also allow vans two days a week to help people get rid of household waste including these items, which can be larger.  We will now also allow two people from the same household to exit vehicles, but everyone must stay in their own bay to maintain physical distancing, and unfortunately staff cannot help with unloading.”

The changes mean that site users will still be directed to one bay with skips accepting three types of waste: black bag; flattened cardboard; and compostable garden waste.  In addition, a special bay will be available for waste electrical and electronic items, and site users will be directed to this by staff.

This bay will take:
• Small household appliances such as kettles, hair dryers, toasters, lawnmowers, vacuum cleaners
• Large household appliances such as white goods, dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers
• Household cooling equipment such as refrigerators, freezers
• Display equipment such as TVs and monitors

The centres are only for domestic waste and South Lanarkshire residents, so users should have ID showing their address and no trade waste is permitted. Due to space restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 arrangements, no vans will be permitted that are bigger than Transit-sized, and no trailers will be allowed access.

Sites may be busy and residents should only visit if they need to and if they have no COVID-19 symptoms.

The council will continue to review arrangements in consultation with users, staff and Viridor. It is anticipated that the next change will be to start accepting wood, including laminates, at which point the centres will stop accepting cardboard.  However, please note that this further change is not being made at this time, and relevant dates will be publicised in advance.