MORE DETAILS have been released on how Kirklees household waste and recycling centres will reopen on Monday.

The council and site operator Suez recycling and recovery UK have provided more information on how the temporary restrictions will work at the sites like the one on Nab Lane, Birstall.

In line with government guidance people are being told they should only visit a household waste site if their waste cannot be stored safely at home and no alternative disposal options are available.

In order to allow a managed flow of traffic and to maintain the required social distancing, most sites will only provide access to household waste and garden waste skips during this first phase of reopening.

Anna Bell, regional manager for Suez, said: “We are doing everything we can to make sure that the sites are safe, which includes the regular cleaning of public surfaces and making it as easy as possible to get from your car to the available banks without having to cross paths with someone else.

"This does mean we’ve had to reduce the banks available to use, but people will still be able to dispose of most materials.

“Whilst some of our recycling banks and skips at the HWRCs will be unavailable, kerbside collections of waste and recycling from your home are continuing as normal.

“However, during this phased reopening, any excess household waste or recycling taken to the HWRC can be put into the household waste skip and will be turned into energy at our energy from waste plant.”

During this first phase of re-opening there will be no facilities for disposing of electrical equipment, batteries, fuel canisters and fluorescent lighting. As before the HWRCs are unable to accept soil, and rubble, and there are no appointments available for asbestos and plasterboard at this time.

The council says it will be discussing the social distancing arrangements with Suez on a daily basis to try and increase the services available at the sites over time.

From Monday the public will be able to check how long the queues are at each site on the website before setting off. The council has also published maps of the queuing systems. Both will be available from www.kirklees.gov.uk/wastesites.

Traffic management officers will be on hand at each site to direct people to where they can queue and to turn people around when the queue is at capacity.

There will be an overflow queue on Tenterfields at Dewsbury and on Alder Street in Huddersfield. However as there are no safe places for additional queues at the other three sites they will be restricted to the immediate approach roads.

With regards to the environment the council is asking people who are in the queue to consider turning off their engines if they are not moving, to both save fuel and reduce air pollution.

As the roads around the five household waste sites are likely to be incredibly busy other road users are encouraged to find alternative routes where possible. The council will be providing support to people who live on the approach roads so that they can still access their properties safely.

Cllr Naheed Mather, Cabinet member for Greener Kirklees, said: “We’ve had to make significant changes to how we operate the sites to keep residents and staff safe. This isn’t business as usual and we are all learning new ways to do things in light of this terrible virus.

"Patience and understanding go a long way to making these changes easier, so please be kind to the staff on site and those who deal with our customer services on the phone and on social media. I would urge you to follow the advice on our website and only visit if you cannot safely store the waste at home.

"If you’re waste is causing you issues at home, but you can manage for a few days please consider letting the initial rush calm down before making a trip, and do check the website before you set off.”

Cllr Rob Walker, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the new rules for visiting these sites, it’s especially important that you come alone in your car, stay 2m apart and only bring items that you can carry on your own. Please don’t forget to wash your hands before and after your visit and please be kind, our staff are there to help you.”

For more information visit: www.kirklees.gov.uk/wastesites.