Tamworth MP welcomes re-opening of Household Waste Recycling Centres

Household Waste Recycling Centres are due to open today (Thursday 14th May) following updated measures from the Government and the work of local MPs

Guidance issued by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, in which Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher is a Government Minister, has confirmed that Household Waste Recycling Centres can re-open for essential use.

Sites will be open from today and will operate their full opening hours from Monday 18th May. More information about opening times and services can be found on the Staffordshire County Council website and it is recommended you check what items can be brought to the site before you make your journey.

The shared HWRC site at Atherstone, is managed by Warwickshire County Council and is subject to separate arrangements and has decided to not reopen. Tamworth residents are being encouraged to visit the either Lichfield or Burntwood.

Although sites are reopening, Staffordshire County Council have asked residents to please bear in mind the following:

  • Please only visit if it is essential as initial demand will be high;
  • No vans, trailers or flatbed trucks will be allowed on sites until further notice;
  • One person per vehicle
  • Access will be by car only. No pedestrians allowed
  • A strict, two-metre distance rule will always be in place
  • Materials such as asbestos, oils and paints cannot be accepted at this stage;
  • Only bring items that you can safely load and unload yourself. Staff will be unable to help carry heavy items as it will break social distancing rules;
  • Allow time for queueing.

Commenting Tamworth MP, Christopher Pincher said:

“I welcome the decision from Staffordshire County Council to re-open Household Waste Recycling Centres for essential use following updated guidance from Government.

“I wrote to Cllr Philip Atkins, the leader of the County Council, to express the views and thoughts of Tamworth constituents in getting these centres re-opened. It is right that they will be re-opening with all the appropriate social distancing measures in place to not only protect the public, but also those working on the site.

For Tamworth residents, our closest sites are Lichfield and Burntwood. The Atherstone site is managed by Warwickshire Borough Council and that Council have made the decision to not re-open.

Please only visit the sites if you have an essential reason to visit and exercise common sense in keeping yourself and others safe.”