Coronavirus: Waste Service Update (9 November 2020)

Household Waste Sites (HWS) across Ceredigion reopened the week commencing Monday, 9 November following the Wales Firebreak lockdown. On reopening, the site rules will continue to apply.

The site rules are in place to ensure the health and safety of both residents and staff on the sites. They are as follows:

  • Residents are urged only to visit the sites if this is essential - if the waste items can’t be stored safely at home or if they can’t be collected as part of the usual domestic waste collections.
  • Vehicles with an even number registration number will only be allowed access on the even days of the month (e.g. 2,4,6,8.10,12 etc).
  • Vehicles with an odd number registration number will only be allowed access on the odd days of the month (e.g. 1,3,5,7,9,11 etc).
  • There will be a strict limit on the number of cars that are allowed to access to the HWS at any one time
  • A maximum of two persons from the same household can leave the vehicle to dispose of waste and assist each other with bigger or heavier items at the site; no help will be available by the site staff to unload any items.
  • A drop off area is available for residents who cannot handle their waste without assistance
  • Residents are only allowed to enter the site with a vehicle; residents arriving on foot will be turned away.
  • No reuse of items is permitted – the sites are for the deposit of waste only and residents will not be allowed to take away items from the sites.
  • No large vans, cattle or horse boxes or twin axle trailers will be allowed to use the HWS at this time
  • The HWS is for domestic waste only. No trade waste is accepted at the HWS.
  • The above are in addition to existing site rules.

 

Before visiting a HWS, residents should:

  • Sort waste at home prior to arriving at the sites.
  • Be prepared for long queues to enter.
  • Remain in their vehicles at all times whilst queuing to enter.
  • Await direction from a site attendant before entering.
  • Wash their hands thoroughly before and after visiting; residents will need to bring their own Personal Protective Equipment (e.g. gloves, masks, visors) if desired.
  • Stay at least 2 metres apart from other site users and staff.
  • Respect and be considerate of other users.
  • Respect and adhere to the instructions and guidance of the site staff.
  • Dispose of waste as quickly and safely as possible before leaving the site in an orderly manner.
  • Stay away from the sites if they or anyone in their household has Covid-19 symptoms or are currently shielding.

The following do not constitute ‘essential’ journeys to the HWS at this time:

  • Taking a bag of garden clippings or grass cuttings, that could be safely stored or composted at home. Advice on home composting can be found on the Council’s website: Home Composting.
  • Taking the old cupboard, tea set, sewing machine etc. which has been stood in the shed for years and could be stored for a while longer.
  • Taking the contents of an attic or shed clear-out or old clothes from a wardrobe clear-out. Now is not the time for a clear out!

You should carefully consider whether you need to visit the HWS before attempting to do so.

Waste is not permitted to be left outside the site gates - there is surveillance in operation at all sites.

Aberystwyth

Glanyrafon Industrial Estate, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth. SY23 3JQ.

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 09:00-17:00. There will be no entry after 17:00.

Cardigan

Cilmaenllwyd, Penparc, Cardigan. SA43 1RB.

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 09:00-17:00. There will be no entry after 17:00.

Lampeter 

Industrial Estate, Tregaron Road, Lampeter. SA48 8LT.

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 09:00-17:00. There will be no entry after 17:00.

Llanarth 

Rhydeinon, Llanarth. SA47 0QP.

Opening hours: Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 09:00-17:00.There will be no entry after 17:00.

 

1. Why have you made changes to the way you operate the sites?

Public safety is our priority, and additional measures have been put in place to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19.  We have worked with all the HWS contractors to try to make your visit as safe as possible.

The sites have been closed since 23 March and we have tried to put measures in place to reduce traffic congestion.

However if you do need to visit the HWS you should expect to queue and you may be asked to leave and return another day.

For these reasons our advice is that you should only use the sites if it is essential to do so.

2. We can use the site if it’s essential - What does essential mean?

Essential is something that is absolutely necessary or extremely important.

Everyone’s circumstances are different so it requires common sense.

You should ask yourself:

  • Can I manage to store the waste for a little while longer?
  • Can I put it out for collection at the kerbside?
  • Do I really need to go to the HWS now or can I wait until the initial rush is over?
  • Is the waste significantly impacting my/others health, safety or wellbeing?
  • There are extra control measures in place, and I’m likely to have to queue to get in. Is it worth it, is it necessary?

We understand that you might need to visit a HWS if your waste can’t be stored safely at home and you can’t dispose of it through the kerbside collection system.  The HWS have therefore been reopened and control measures have been put in place to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.

3. What’s not essential?

Everyone’s circumstances are different, however the following examples might help:

  • One bag of garden waste could be stored at home for now – this journey wouldn’t be classed as essential
  • Bags of clothes from a wardrobe clear out could be stored at home for now - this journey wouldn’t be classed as essential
  • Junk from the garage or loft that has been stored at home for a few weeks could probably be stored safely for a little while longer and may not therefore be essential at this time.
  • Ask yourself the questions we posed in response to question 2.

4. What waste can I take to the site?

The types of waste that we accept hasn’t changed.  However you should only use the site if it’s essential to do so.

We would encourage residents with large amounts of garden waste to compost it at home, this doesn’t mean you have to buy a compost bin.  This has been our advice for many years.

Advice on home composting can be found on the Council’s website: Home Composting.

However you can still take garden waste to the site if you are unable to compost it or store it at home ie if you have to.

5. Can I take any garden waste to the site?

Please see question 4. We wouldn’t expect one bag of garden waste to be essential, as it can be stored at home. You can still take garden waste to the site if you are unable to compost it or store it at home ie if you have to.

6. Is it just cars permitted to enter the site? Are vans and trailers allowed?

Only cars are permitted at this time. Vans, larger vehicles or trailers are not permitted at this time. This is to help reduce congestion when the sites first open.  The situation will be reviewed in a few weeks’ time.

7. Is my registration number odd or even?

We have introduced a registration number system with the aim of halving the number of cars trying to use the site on any day.

CV55 ZZZ would be an odd number (fifty five) – you can use the site on odd dates in the month, eg 17th, 19th June

CV56 ZZZ would be an even number (fifty six) – you can use the site on even number dates in the month, eg 20th, 22nd June

Z537 ZZZ would be an odd number (five hundred and thirty seven) and Z538 ZZZ would be an even number (five hundred and thirty eight)

8. If I see something I like at the HWS, can I take it home?

No, in order to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19, the sites are just for the disposal of waste at the moment, no reuse is allowed. No items should be removed from the site and taken home.

9. Are the sites open for domestic and commercial use?

The sites are open for domestic waste only. Trade/ Commercial Waste is not permitted to be taken to any of the HWS. This hasn’t changed.

10. Some of the neighbouring local authorities are using a booking system – why haven’t you chosen this way of reopening?

We have considered many options and consider that there are pros and cons with each system. We do not feel that a booking system would be appropriate in Ceredigion at this time. This may be reviewed.

11. Is there a limit to how many times a resident can visit the HWS in a month? Is there a limit to how many time the same vehicle can visit a HWS on the same day?

There is no limit to the number of times you can use a site if it is essential for you do to so

12. Does this mean we can start ordering replacement/lost food waste/glass containers?

Council staff, like those across the UK have been impacted by Covid-19 restrictions and we have had to prioritise our resources to the services which are essential such as the waste collection service.

We are now working towards the next stage – the adjustment phase. More services will be reinstated when it is safe to do so, when legislation allows and when we have the resources available.

More information will follow shortly

13. Does this mean that Bulky Waste and Garden Waste Collections can now be made?

This service remains suspended for now, but is being reviewed

14. How long will the changes be in place for?

We are following legislation and the advice of the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales. It is likely that the social distancing measures will remain in place for some time.

The vehicle registration system and restrictions for vans and larger vehicles will be reviewed in a few weeks’ time.

15. I’m moving home – and I can’t take everything to my new home- do the unwanted items class as essential items to take to the site?

Please see question 2. This waste can’t be stored at home and therefore we would consider this to be essential.

  • Only waste from your home may be deposited at this site
  • No Trade Waste
  • No Builders waste, gas cylinders or tyres allowed
  • Cars and end of life vehicles are NOT permitted
  • A limit of 5 rubble bags/ builders sacks (max 20kg each) of soil, rubble or DIY waste per month shall be accepted so long as it originates from a domestic source
  • Small quantities of double bagged asbestos (1 or 2 sheets per 3 months) in heavy duty plastic bags, shall be accepted so long as it originates from a domestic source. Please note residents who wish to use the Household Waste Site at Cilmaenllwyd will be directed to the Transfer Station at D I Evans Cyf in Beulah. Residents who wish to use the Household Waste Site at Rhydeinion Llanarth will be directed to the Transfer Station at LAS Lampeter. Please see guidance on safe disposal of Asbestos
  • Small quantities of plasterboard (1 or 2 sheets per 3 months) shall be accepted so long as it originates from a domestic source
  • 1 mattress per month shall be accepted so long as it originates from a domestic source
  • All waste must be place in the correct containers
  • No Vans or larger vehicles greater than 2 tonnes gross vehicle weight 
  • Please note NO cattle or horse boxes, or twin axle trailers, or vehicles larger than stated above will be permitted on the Site at this time. 
  • It is not permitted to carry any items into the Household Waste Site from vehicles parked outside the boundary of the site
  • Verbal or physical assaults towards staff will not be tolerated
  • Aggressive, violent and threatening behaviour will not be tolerated, and will be reported to the police
  • A CCTV system is in operation at all times

 

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