The following email has been received from Robert Evans, a Spelthorne Councillor. It should be read carefully so as to avoid disappointment if the strict rules are not followed:
Opening of Charlton Lane recycling Centre and other Surrey sites.
I have been chasing Surrey to carefully re-open the dump and so I am pleased to confirm that a phased opening of the so called Community Recycling Centre (CRC) from Monday May 11th.The plan has been agreed in accordance with the set of government guiding principles, agreed by Surrey which are set out below in order of importance:
1. The reopening of the CRC sites will not adversely affect kerbside collections
2. Social distancing measures will be in place at each of the CRCs that are opened
3. Queuing to get onto sites will be minimised
We will open in two phases. The objective of Phase 1 is to deal with the initial surge of ‘pent up’ demand by maximising throughput of the sites, whilst maintaining social distancing principles. To enable a high throughput and fast turn-around by visitors, only two materials will be accepted at the sites (green garden waste and black bag residual waste).
The predominant waste type collected at our CRCs at this time of year is green garden waste and we expect this to be the commodity that residents will most wish to dispose of at the CRC. Offering a further service for black bag residual waste will take pressure of the district and borough collection services which are already dealing with increased volumes of waste with people staying at home.
When re-opening the CRCs the need for social distancing will mean that access to a CRC will need to be carefully controlled with restrictions on the number of users on site at any one time and the application of a strict one-in one-out policy, once that limit is reached. The overriding objective is to protect the health and safety of both the SUEZ staff and members of the public.
We are devising highway management plans by site to control the traffic to reduce queuing, this will include the use of traffic marshals at some sites. We are also maximising where we can to accommodate queuing cars on the site.
In phase 1, the majority of residents will have a journey of no more than ten miles although some will unfortunately have to travel up to 13 miles.
We expect phase 1 to continue until we are confident we can move to phase 2 when we will accept more materials. The key is to be flexible for up to a month but it may be shorter or longer depending on the observed level of demand. We will be reviewing regularly. Detailed arrangements for phase 1 operation are set out below.
During phase 1 no vans, trailers will be allowed on the sites and no permit or residents checks will be undertaken to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements. In addition only one person will be permitted to exit the vehicle to load waste into the containers.
Also an important point to note is that there will be no assistance available to help any residents during phase 1 of the reopening plan to comply with the requirements for social distancing.
Phase 1 reopening – detailed plan by site
CRC Opening hours Comments
Shepperton 9:00 – 18:00 This is one of the busiest CRCs in Surrey and is collocated with the Eco Park and bulking transfer facility.
Chertsey (Lyne) 9:00 –18:00 This site has a long internal access road which could accommodate queuing and separate HGV access
The other Surrey sites will either not be re-opening yet or have different times.