Busy times at recycling centres

9:23am - 16 April 2021

Now that 'stay at home' Covid restrictions have been lifted and the weather is brightening up, North Somerset Council is expecting its three recycling centres to be very busy over the coming days with residents keen to dispose of items they’ve accumulated during lockdown. 

Cllr Don Davies, Leader of North Somerset Council, said: "We are starting to see increased usage of our three centres, so to minimise the queues that we’ve experienced so far this month, I’d encourage residents to plan their visits in advance and be aware of the additional measures we have in place to ensure their safety and that of our workers. 

"Our recycling centres at Portishead, Backwell and Weston-super-Mare are all now operating on their longer summer hours times, so there’s more flexibility to avoid busy times.

"This weekend at Backwell we will have additional staff monitoring traffic - the situation here has been complicated because of urgent utilities work but we have worked with the company and they've finished their work ahead of schedule."

The advice from the council includes:

  • use the kerbside collection services as much as possible
  • go to the recycling centre with a full load and pack items together to save time on site
  • follow the one way systems - don't deviate from the road markings which are there for your safety.

Cllr Davies added: "If you do have to queue please turn your engine off. When you get onto the site follow the signs which are there to help you and please be courteous to our staff.

"It's also worth remembering that at the moment staff cannot help with unloading."

There's lots of information on the council's website about what can be put out for the weekly recycling collections and what can be accepted at the recycling centres - visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/bins-recycling  and you can visit the Facebook page for North Somerset Council's waste and recycling for the latest updates at www.facebook.com/nsrecyclingandwaste/.