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Christchurch residents urged to think again over visiting recycling centres

BCP Council is asking residents to reconsider trips to HWRCs
BCP Council is asking residents to reconsider trips to HWRCs

CHRISTCHURCH residents are being urged to think again before visiting its busy recycling centres as long queues have been blocking off roads and businesses.

The call by BCP Council was made yesterday (Thursday) for residents to “reconsider” their trips across the conurbation.

Cllr Mark Anderson, cabinet member for environment, cleansing and waste, said: “Recently we have been receiving exceptionally high numbers of visitors, up to 65% higher than the same period last year and we’re putting in additional resources to manage this.

“We would, however, remind people that the message is to stay at home as we are still in lockdown, so we are urging people to consider whether they really need to make this trip at this time.”

The council’s three recycling centres, including the one at Wilverley Road in Somerford, have stayed open in line with government guidance and allow residents to make essential visits to get rid of the waste that cannot be stored safely.

But they are working to reduced capacity due to extra safety measures in place, which have placed extra demands on the service.

To manage this, additional officers are on site helping organise queues, answer questions and advise people to return at a different time, if necessary.

Cllr Anderson said: “We realise that people have been spring cleaning their homes and gardens with the nicer weather and now want to get rid of the waste.

“We’re appealing to our residents that if they do have to visit our recycling centres, check our website prior to visiting to read about the safety measures that are in place and please be nice to all our staff as they’re working in extremely difficult conditions, trying to keep everyone safe on site.”

For more information, visit www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/News/News-Features/COVID-19/Service-changes-and-updates/Services/Household-Recycling-Centres.aspx

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