'Pop-up' waste sites being considered as tips stay closed

April 30 2020
'Pop-up' waste sites being considered as tips stay closed

But the Sort It centres in Mangotsfield and Yate will be able to reopen in the coming weeks if the government deems travel to a tip “essential”, according to the local authority. The other two centres at Thornbury and Little Stoke will remain closed for the time being, as safe social distancing is not possible at either site.

Pictured, Rachael Hunt (top right) and other councillors at a virtual South Gloucestershire Council cabinet meeting on April 27.

by Amanda Cameron, BBC LDRS reporter for Filtonvoice

“Pop up” waste disposal sites are being considered in South Gloucestershire as the council waits to hear if it can reopen two of its tips.

All four of the district’s Sort It centres, which take household waste and recycling, closed as a result of Covid-19 last month.

A rise in fly tipping followed as waste collections were cancelled or reduced just as people began generating more household waste as they stayed at home under lockdown.

But the Sort It centres in Mangotsfield and Yate will be able to reopen in the coming weeks if the government deems travel to a tip “essential”, according to the local authority.

The other two centres at Thornbury and Little Stoke will remain closed for the time being, as safe social distancing is not possible at either site.

In the meantime, the council is considering  “pop up” rubbish disposal sites in the car parks of the district’s community centres.

The news emerged during a virtual meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s ruling Conservative administration on April 27.

Cabinet member for communities, councillor Rachael Hunt, said: “The question about Sort It centres continues to be a live debate. 

“The national guidance prohibits us [from reopening them] at the moment as it is considered non-essential travel.

“We may be able to review in three weeks if travel is permitted, but we need to keep people separated. 

“This is possible at Yate and Mangotsfield but not at Thornbury or Little Stoke.

“We are considering pop-up community disposal facilities where the waste team are able to operate out of community centre car parks for a day, where people could bring items and can help people keep on top of their waste while ensuring people are distanced.

“I would like to add a massive thank you both to the public for working with us while we’ve made changes to the service also to the staff and the collection crews who are doing a fantastic job and keeping our essential services running.”

The council will have to put in place restrictions around social distancing, and the type of waste that can be disposed of, before it can open any of its Sort It sites, a spokesman said.

Sort It centres are for household waste and recycling only, not commercial waste. 

Before they closed, residents were able to take large items such as mattresses, carpets and DIY wastes.

Fortnightly garden waste collections in South Gloucestershire resumed on April 27 and the council has announced that weekly recycling collections will resume on May 13.