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Space Waye reuse and recycling centre reopening to the public for essential visits only

Space Waye and other Household Reuse and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) across west London will reopen from Monday 18 May 2020 for strictly ESSENTIAL USE ONLY.

Published: Thursday, 14th May 2020

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The decision was taken following the updated guidance from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on 5 May 2020 and is based on staffing, accessibility, and the agreement of traffic management plans.

The compliance of social distancing arrangements by all visitors will be essential in ensuring Space Waye can continue to remain open to the public at this time.

If you or any members of your household have been experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days, you must not visit Household Reuse and Recycling Centres under any circumstances.

Although Space Waye will be open from 8am to 3.45pm (Monday – Sunday), this is NOT a return to normal operations. The following measures have been introduced to keep residents and staff safe:

  • A maximum of two vehicles can enter the site at any time, only from Pier Road (Gate 1)
  • Stay in your vehicle while queuing. Do not leave your vehicle until it is necessary to get out
  • Vans, trailers and any vehicles over 6ft in height are not permitted on the site
  • Keep 2 metres away from others you do not live with
  • A ‘no assistance’ policy is in place - staff will not be able to help carry items
  • Obey traffic management measures which include limiting queuing vehicles to preserve road safety
  • DIY or home improvement waste will remain chargeable as per site Ts&Cs

Household Waste and Recycling Centres are for essential use only, so only visit if storing waste at home could cause injury or illness. Therefore, please adopt the following steps before visiting:

  1. Store excess waste on your property if safe to do so.
  2. Utilise regular waste and recycling collections to manage your waste.
  3. Consider both Bulky Waste collection service and Garden Waste collection services.

If you normally visit another West London Household Waste and Recycling Centre, please visit the site you would normally go to in order to minimise unnecessary travel, but do check the individual site ahead of travel, as they will also have their own restrictions in place.

Cllr Guy Lambert, Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Trading Companies said:

“As waste and recycling collections are operating as normal in Hounslow, I urge residents to continue to stay at home and only visit Space Waye if they have no other option when managing their waste.

“We hope to avoid the widespread queuing that has been witnessed elsewhere in the UK around household waste and recycling centres, but we can only do this with the help of our residents, so please continue to act responsibly by not taking any unnecessary journeys and by avoiding clear outs or undertaking DIY projects that will produce more excess waste at this time.”

For more information please visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/spacewaye.

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