Household waste and recycling centres will reopen in Lincolnshire, but by appointment only, for green waste alone and with a number of social distancing restrictions.
Lincolnshire County Council has not yet released slots for its online ‘click and tip’ service. It expects to do so soon, for up to two weeks in advance.
Once the system is live, people wishing to use tips in the county will be required to book a time slot online here. They will also be able to book a slot via 01522 552222.
Residents will be only able to go on site if they have a confirmed booking.
Initially, sites will only accept garden waste and wood, and then look to introduce other types of waste.
No vans, pickups or trailers will be allowed on site at this time.
People must be able to unload and carry waste to the containers. Disabled drivers/blue badge holders are being asked to bring someone with them to unload their waste.
Due to social distancing rules, staff will not be able to assist in unloading.
People will need to bring ID and proof of your address in the county, such as a driving license.
The council has said staff will be regularly cleaning and disinfecting the sites.
Eddy Poll, executive councillor for waste and recycling at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I know it’s been frustrating having the sites closed for almost six weeks and we know many residents have excess waste to dispose of.
“We’re introducing a new booking system so we can safely manage the numbers of people into and out of the sites, quantities and operate within the government’s social distancing guidelines.
“Many residents have been in touch about their garden waste, so with this in mind, we will be open for green waste and wood first.
“Again, I know many residents will have other waste to dispose of and we are working hard to see how we can accept these in a safe manner.
“We are grateful for your patience, and by working together we can safely restore this much needed service.”
Lincolnshire County Council issued the following guidance:
- you should only visit if it is absolutely necessary e.g. if excess waste represent a health and safety risk
- anyone in self-isolation or with COVID 19 symptoms must not visit the sites under any circumstances