Take Two

By bellmannews / June 8, 2020
bags of rubbish

Second trip to the recycling centre now allowed

From Aberdeenshire Council Communications Team –

STONEHAVEN residents are now being given the opportunity to make two bookings within seven days to its Household Recycling Centre (HRC).
Following the tremendous success of the online booking system for its HRCs, Aberdeenshire Council is now moving through the phases of its return to ‘normal’ services.
With the process working so well, twice-weekly trips for cars, pick-ups and car-derived vans carrying bagged general waste and garden waste have been introduced to further increase household access to an HRC.
You can make your booking at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentrebookings 
For those who do not have access to a computer, telephone booking can be made by calling Aberdeenshire Council’s Wasteline on 03456 081207.
Meanwhile, from Wednesday June 10 cardboard and glass will be accepted and from Monday, June 15 this will be extended to all usual waste materials – including mixed recycling, bulky items, oils, wood and metal. From June 15 we no longer require waste to be bagged. 
However, please note that we cannot accept textiles at Inverurie, Huntly, Ellon and Westhill recycling centres at this stage as our contractor is unable to collect from these locations at present. These services will be reintroduced as soon as possible.
Residents will no longer be assigned to a bay, but are instead requested to take their materials into the correct skips while maintaining physical-distancing. The number of people visiting a centre at the same time has been limited to make sure this is possible.
From June 22, booking slots will be available for vans and trailers to access the centres. Residents should ensure they make a booking specifically for a van or trailer as they require more space than other vehicles. 
Our Reuse containers at selected Household Recycling Centres remain closed at this time.
The rules on physical-distancing remain and only one adult should unload a vehicle unless two adults are needed for heavy items.
Staff will be unable to assist with any unloading and there will be no pedestrian access and no children will be permitted outside vehicles. 
The decision to re-open some of the facilities has been taken in accordance with Government guidelines and is based on measures being put in place to protect both visitors and staff and the agreement of traffic management plans. 

Council waste manager Ros Baxter said: “Thanks to the new arrangements and the tremendous help and support of both residents and our staff, phase one of the reopening schedule has been an outstanding success.
“As we stressed from the start, that patience and understanding within our communities has enabled us to progress through the phases of reopening far quicker than planned, and allowed us to significantly increase the type of materials being accepted and the introduction of vans and trailers to our facilities.
“However, I would remind residents that the booking system is likely to remain in place as long as physical-distancing is required to prevent the spread of Covid-19.”