Open recycling centres

Open recycling centres. They are outside and entry could easily be managed on a 1 in, 1 out basis.

Why the contribution is important

Important as many people are using the time for domestic projects, especially now that B&Q and the like are open. It is also a time when there is a lot of garden waste. It's not possible to compost everything.

by Colliewalker on May 05, 2020 at 03:02PM

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Average rating: 4.9
Based on: 110 votes


  • Posted by Gardenlover May 05, 2020 at 15:43

    Vital. Recycling is building up and we have no doorstep recycling. I think the local recycling centre should at least be open for people to dispose of items that they can manage themselves. Staff would only need to advise from a distance and manage site overall. Users should wear gloves to avoid touching handrails etc.
  • Posted by Gamble May 05, 2020 at 15:46

    Easy to be managed in the same way shops are managed
  • Posted by allan May 05, 2020 at 15:47

    Completely agree
  • Posted by mrchecketts May 05, 2020 at 16:21

    Please allow some local council recycling centers to open with strict social distancing rules. I have been horrified by awful scenes of fly tipping on quiet rural roads which is an (unacceptable) symptom perpetrated by some ignorant thoughtless people. Nevertheless, the rest of us have piles of stuff at home we want to get rid of responsibly
  • Posted by Redken May 05, 2020 at 16:41

    Garden waste is kerbside collected by most councils. They are correctly focussing on keeping these services going
  • Posted by Sleepbetter May 05, 2020 at 16:47

    Great idea many folk gardening and doing home improvements. Free refuse collectors for their other vital roles.
  • Posted by bank65 May 05, 2020 at 17:02

    Waste management of any kind is an essential service.
  • Posted by deerhoundchris May 05, 2020 at 18:02

    Vital and I am sure it could be done safely.
  • Posted by MacLennan1968 May 05, 2020 at 22:27

    Fly tipping is getting worse. This must be a priority to reopen. Can be done safely.
  • Posted by Vicki May 05, 2020 at 23:17

    I agree - fly tipping in my rural area is growing daily.
  • Posted by Graham May 06, 2020 at 22:17

    Very simple to mangage. One in one out, and no close contact between staff and users. Might just help stem the increase in fly tipping.
  • Posted by Bullfinch May 07, 2020 at 08:23

    This is an essential service to maintain the standards that are important in our environment
  • Posted by Enaidsor May 07, 2020 at 15:19

    Essential and we can maintain social distancing. I live in a rural area and before the recycling centre was opened it was used as a dumping ground. This will happen again!
  • Posted by ADJM May 08, 2020 at 07:38

    Far more essential than the food van which is currently open on Aberdeen beachfront......get them open this weekend!!!!!!
  • Posted by GraemeN May 08, 2020 at 07:57

    Agree. Help councils prioritise restoring kerb side and other recycling before we start generating more waste. Make it a sustainable recovery.
  • Posted by PeterFin May 08, 2020 at 09:30

    This would make a big difference and I feel that it could be done in a safe manner relatively easily. I would suggest that opening hours will require to be extended as throughput will be clearly greatly reduced due to social distancing.
  • Posted by MAM May 08, 2020 at 10:23

    I live in the country and don’t get my recycling picked up. I rely on the recycling centres to be able to do any recycling. Relatively easy to have social distancing at the centres and will avoid increase in fly tipping. I live on a farm and am already seeing lots of waste dumped. A recycling centre 5 minutes away is closed,
  • Posted by Lindawalker May 08, 2020 at 11:26

    This should be relatively easy to manage - in the same way as supermarkets only allow in a certain number of people, so there would only be allowed a certain number of cars. To help with access perhaps an odd/even car reg number system could be used? Odd - Mon/Wed/Fri Even- Tues/Thurs/Sat?
  • Posted by matheson May 08, 2020 at 11:29

    Also establish composting centres!
  • Posted by Themenz May 08, 2020 at 15:15

    Essential service...should open ASAP with the obvious precautions
  • Posted by kpm321 May 10, 2020 at 17:30

    I agree. Social distancing would be easy to arrange at most recycling centres.
  • Posted by DMS May 10, 2020 at 21:00

    Agree to opening. Bin emptying services not fully up and running. No reason for householder to take waste to centres themselves. Should be easy to ensure social distancing.
  • Posted by JanetK May 11, 2020 at 12:08

    Fly tipping is becoming a huge health and safety issue with the tips being closed. If we. Pull reopen them on an appointments basis, then maybe our countryside could stay vermin free. There's no control on whether or not infected waste is in some of the black bags dumped in the side of the roads either.
  • Posted by CAN24 May 11, 2020 at 12:22

    As long as staff and members of the public can be kept safe and social distances rules are known and followed I think this would be a good idea. Fly-tipping is on the increase due to waste and recycling sites being closed and hopefully by opening facilities, this would decrease once again.
  • Posted by lulu42 May 11, 2020 at 16:17

    Easier to manage than shops (let so many cars in and tell them which skips to use). We have all had to adapt to working from home - that required us to purchase desks/chairs/equipment. This all came in boxes that if put in blue bin we wouldn't be able to recycle anything else for the rest of the 3 week cycle. Also the fly tipping would be eased.
  • Posted by Dwatt85 May 11, 2020 at 18:49

    Make all of the skips General Waste and then only allow in 1 car per skip.
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