Residents in the East Riding are being reminded that Household Waste Recycling Sites remain open, but to consider whether their visit is essential.

Many sites across the East Riding have seen an increase in residents using the centres over the most recent lockdown which has led to long waits to use the sites, and queues developing on the highways leading up to the entrances. Traffic management systems have had to be implemented at some sites to deal with the queues and try to prevent the highway from being blocked.

Though the sites remain open through the pandemic for essential waste, all non-essential waste should be stored safely at home or, if accepted at the kerbside, placed into one of the bins provided to residents.

Larger 'bulky waste items' can be collected by the council by visiting here: https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/environment/bins-rubbish-recycling/bins-and-collections/bulky-waste-collections/.

Those residents whose visit is essential should adhere to the following guidelines when using the sites:

  • Only one person per vehicle 
  • Stay two metres apart from each other 
  • Wash your hands before and after being on site 
  • Should a queue be forming outside the entrance, please return at a later time or try a different site

Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "There has been a clear increase in numbers of residents using the recycling sites over the past couple of months and this is causing issues on the highways and longer than usual waits for residents waiting in large queues. Larger numbers of visitors than usual, combined with social distancing measures in place, have led to queues developing at some sites. Traffic management systems have had to be implemented at some sites to deal with the queues.

"We would again urge residents to consider whether the journeys they are making to the sites are essential and whether or not this waste could be kept safely at home or placed into one of their bins ready for the collection service which has maintained its delivery right through the pandemic."