B&NES Council has today announced that it is reopening its recycling centre in Pixash Lane in Keynsham on Wednesday 27th May – but strictly for essential use.
Journeys must only be taken if people are unable to keep their waste and recycling at home without causing a risk to their health.
Otherwise they must continue temporarily storing their waste and are encouraged to make full use of kerbside services.
The council says the Keynsham centre will close temporarily if queues become unmanageable or staff are subjected to aggression.
Only four cars at a time will be allowed onto the site. Residents will be permitted to visit the Keynsham site for essential visits on a day allocated to them based on their vehicle’s number plate as queues are expected to be significant.
The number plate system is consistent with the system used by Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council. Full information can be found at https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/keynsham-recycling-centre
The Keynsham centre will initially operate with extended opening hours of 8am-7.30pm Mondays to Fridays, 8am-3.45pm on Saturdays and 8am-1pm on Sundays.
The council’s social media channels and website will carry waiting time updates and residents should check the latest queuing time before making a journey.
Signs will also be put up at the site to inform people how long their waiting time will be, depending on their position in the queue.
The council has followed Government guidance to reopen the Keynsham site and says it is the only one in the district that can safely operate within social distancing guidelines.
The council says the arrangements, including whether Bath and Midsomer Norton could reopen if social distancing measures are relaxed by the Government, will be under constant review.
Recycling centre staff will not be able to assist with unloading of waste. Only one person from each vehicle may unload unless specific assistance is needed with a large or bulky item.