Blackpool’s tip will re-open on Monday under strict new conditions while other waste services including the collection of green refuse are also to resume from next week.
A postcode-based system will operate to enable residents to access the household waste recycling centre on Bristol Avenue in Bispham.
An announcement on the resumption of normal bin collections is also expected in the next fortnight.
The tip has been closed since March 25 while changes to kerbside collections were also introduced under coronavirus lockdown measures, but last week the Government issued new guidelines permitting council tips to re-open.
Coun Jim Hobson, Blackpool Council cabinet member for climate change and environment, said: “We have been planning for some time how we can reintroduce our waste collection services in a safe and controlled manner.
“When the household waste recycling centre opens on May 18, it will inevitably be with restrictions in place as we need to manage demand and limit the number of people inside the centre at any one time to ensure we are following safe distancing procedures.”
The tip will open Monday to Friday for extended hours between 10am and 8pm, with just six bays instead of the usual 21, and with designated days for each postcode area of the town.
Residents will have to display proof of their address in their windscreen and access will be via Moor Park Avenue in order to minimise traffic congestion.
Other waste services which will also resume on Monday are the Rover mobile recycling unit and Bulky Matters, the pre-paid collection service for larger items for recycling.
Coun Hobson added: “These are extremely challenging times and we would ask for people to be patient.
“Like so many around the country, our environmental teams are working extremely hard to maintain public services such as waste collection.
“Once the centre reopens, we will be monitoring how this system works in practice and will make adjustments if needed.”
Coun Tony Williams, leader of the Conservative group on the council, welcomed the reinstatement of key waste services amid concerns closures had led to increased fly tipping.
He said: “I think our waste collection staff have done a sterling job in difficult circumstances and deserve to be congratulated for their dedication.”
Here’s how the tip will operate:
Initially, the centre will open with extended hours 10am until 8pm, Monday to Friday.
Residents will be asked to attend on a specific day according to their postcode to manage demand and social distancing.
The designated days are: Monday – FY1, Tuesday – FY2, Wednesday – FY3, Thursday – FY4, Friday – FY5.
The small number of Blackpool households in FY6 will be contacted directly with details of their designated day.
Residents will need to display in their vehicle windscreen proof of their address which shows their postcode, which will be checked leading up to the entrance.
The number of bays has been reduced from 21 to six.
People can visit by car, existing permit holders can visit in a trailer or small van but construction waste also known as inert waste will not be accepted.
People must be able to lift and deposit the rubbish themselves or with anyone accompanying them. Staff will not be able to help visitors with their waste.
While waiting to enter the site visitors should stay in their cars with windows closed.
Traffic management will be in place to try to minimise congestion and disruption on the roads and surrounding neighbourhoods. Access to the site will be via Moor Park Avenue
Only two adults are permitted to come to the tip per vehicle. If there are any
children accompanying them they must stay in the vehicle. Residents should not visit the centre if they are feeling unwell.
Green waste collection
This will resume on alternate weeks to the general household waste collections for those who subscribe to the service.
For people whose grey bins (general waste) were emptied this week, it means resumption from the week beginning May 18, and those whose grey bin is collected next week will have their green bin collected from the week beginning May 25.
Kerbside household waste collection service
Grey and blue lid bins are currently being collected every two weeks on the usual grey lid bin day including cardboard.
But these arrangements are under review and an announcement on a return to normal bin collections is expected in the next fortnight.
Customers must leave items at a suitable point such as a front or rear garden, footpath or back street as staff cannot enter anyone’s home, and items must be kept dry.
A refuse wagon will accompany the recycling service to allow residents to dispose of extra rubbish bags under social distancing guidelines.
Rover collection points and times can be found on Blackpool Council’s website at: https://www.blackpool.gov.uk/Rover
Full details about how the recycling centre will operate and a list of waste that can and cannot be accepted can be found here www.blackpool.gov.uk/tip
Any resident wishing to sign up to the green bin subscription service should go to www.blackpool.gov.uk/greenandgo
To order a bulky waste collection go to www.blackpool.gov.uk/bulky or call 01253 477477.