RECYCLING centres in Warwickshire will be open for pre-booked visits over the Easter weekend.
The county’s recycling centres will retain their typical Easter holiday opening timetable, opening on Saturday (April 3) and Sunday (April 4).
The smaller sites in Shipston, Wellesbourne, and Cherry Orchard in Kenilworth will be shut on Friday (April 2) and Monday (April 5) due to planning permission restrictions.
From today (Thursday April 1), recycling centre summer opening hours will begin. The opening hours are 8:30am to 5:30pm weekends (Shipston shuts at noon on weekends).
There will be a later opening on Wednesday evening, with the sites closing at 6pm (Shipston shuts at 3pm).
The opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are 9:30am to 3pm. The longer hours will add an extra 2,000 bookable slots each week, with nearly 16,000 slots in total released each week.
Booking is required for a 15 minute slot for a car and there are also 30 minute slots for a car and small trailer on certain days at Lower House Farm near Atherstone, Cherry Orchard in Kenilworth, and Burton Farm in Stratford.
Residents must not visit recycling centres if they have Covid symptoms, have tested positive for Covid and are self-isolating, or have been advised to self-isolate due to being in contact with someone with Covid. Any contaminated waste, such as tissues or masks, should be double bagged and quarantined for 72 hours before disposal.
Mark Ryder, Strategic Director of the Communities Directorate, said: “Local authority waste workers have been heroes over the past year, delivering waste disposal and recycling services in circumstances made difficult by the pandemic.
“I want to thank householders in Warwickshire, who have also been recycling heroes. Thanks to efforts to separate out recycling in homes up and down the county, the recycling rate for Warwickshire has risen.
“Information about recycling will be kept up to date on the web over the holidays, including how to book an appointment to a recycling centre. The appointments lead to an efficient visit, with much-reduced queues.
“Please separate your waste streams for recycling as you pack your car. Recycling all that you can at home and at the recycling centre is one easy way for householders to cut their carbon emissions and help our environment.”
All materials, such as wood, garden waste, soil and rubble and electrical items are available for recycling. Visitors are advised to check the website for the exact materials available at each site and to pre-sort waste when packing their car for an efficient visit.
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/hwrc for details of all materials which can be recycled at any of the nine recycling centres in the county, and details of how to book.
Most household packaging can be recycled in kerbside collection containers. All green garden waste and all food waste can be placed in green composting bins. Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for tips on reducing food waste at Easter time.