Firm launches new guide to help local authorities and contractors safely reopen HWRC facilities

HWRC facilities

Resource management firm Veolia UK has launched a guide (on 20 April), titled ‘Local Authority Guidance on the Safe reopening of HWRC Networks’ – to help local authorities and contractors to safely reopen household waste recycling centres (HWRC) during the COVID-19 lockdown.

With Government Guidance ranking HWRC provision as a priority and concerns about increased flytipping, Veolia is committed to maintaining services that ensure the integrity of the whole waste collection and treatment network, help ease the pressure on kerbside collections and reduce dumping.

The guide is also needed to help Local Authorities reopen HWRCs to help prevent illness, injury or harm to residents who have a problem with storing too much waste at home or have bulky or hazardous waste which cannot be kept there and for whom these are important facilities.

Designed in line with Government and WISH guidance, the guide is specifically aimed at maintaining the safety of the public and Recycling Assistants on site and explains the necessary operating procedures, and cleaning and vehicle management.

By emphasising the need for clear communication between local authorities and residents the guide also makes clear the restrictions for members of the public who visit HWRC facilities including social distancing and the requirement for essential visits only.

At the launch of the guide, Richard Kirkman, Veolia’s Head of COVID-19 Response and Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, said:

“Ensuring the safety of our dedicated waste teams and the public is essential, especially during these unprecedented times. Our new guide now provides valuable advice to help both local authorities and contractors to manage the safe operation of Household Waste and Recycling Centres during the developing Coronavirus situation.

By reopening these facilities we can ensure local authorities can maintain the vital recycling and waste management infrastructure in their local areas, provide an essential service and reduce the environmental damage caused by fly tipping.”

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