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BCP commercial waste facilities have re-opened

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council's Household Recycling Centres re-opened for trade customers on Monday 10 August

Queues for Longham HRC in May caused traffic chaos
Queues for Longham HRC in May caused traffic chaos

The HRCs in the council’s area are already open for residents who are unable to safely store additional waste at home and who have no alternative disposal options available and the opening hours have now been increased.

There are a number of safety measures that must be observed:
  • controlled queuing
  • number of cars on site reduced by 50% to maintain social distancing
  • visitors to each site must bring proof of residency to access the facilities (which can be displayed through a closed car window if necessary)
  • Access for vans is still through the van permit schemes
  • only 1 person will be able to get out of the car and unload the waste, so residents must not bring bulky items that require 2 people to carry them (Blue Badge holders can bring someone to assist them)
  • staff on site will not be able to help unload your vehicle or dispose of your waste
  • payment for chargeable waste will be with card only (preferably contactless)
  • if queuing traffic becomes hazardous and dangerous, the HRC may have to close early to eliminate the problem or if we are instructed
  • Please do not bring textiles and clothes to be recycled. BCP Council’s textile collection banks are not currently available
  • Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths should be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin or taken to a HRC.

Opening Hours

  • From 13 July, Nuffield and Millhams recycling centres reverted to their standard opening times 9am-5pm
  • Christchurch is from 9am–6pm.
  • All 3 sites will be open 7 days a week.

The re-use shop at Wilverly Road, Christchurch and the New to You shop at Nuffield, Poole are still closed.

In the event of traffic queues being a hazard to other road users, the HRC may have to close early to eliminate the problem. This may also apply if social distancing measures are not being properly observed, or the containers are completely full (and it is impossible to get lorries on site to remove).

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