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Coronavirus (COVID-19): reopening and managing household waste recycling centres

Published: 27 May 2020
Last updated: 19 Jul 2021 - see all updates

Joint Scottish Government and COSLA guidance for local authorities on the considerations involved in reopening and operating Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in the context of COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): reopening and managing household waste recycling centres
Checklist of actions - annex C

Checklist of actions - annex C

The following is intended to be a non-exhaustive checklist to ensure that the most important actions are taken to ensure the safe opening of HWRCs:

  • draw together all information into a HWRC Recovery Plan
  • record key decisions in a decision log
  • plan, and implement where necessary, actions to reduce demand on HWRCs when they do reopen – e.g. increased frequency of bulky uplifts
  • determine which sites it is feasible and safe to open with reference to current guidance on physical distancing, the potential need for traffic management and the availability of resources
  • engage with key partners for input into any recovery plan, including:
    • site contractors / operators
    • Police Scotland
    • trades unions
    • relevant roads authorities
    • reprocessing and disposal facilities
    • other Councils (particularly neighbouring councils), sharing details of which sites will be opened to help predict demand at individual sites
  • determine feasible level of service provision including opening times and which waste streams will be collected from each site.
  • notify SEPA of any changes to site operations outwith those specified in the temporary Regulatory position statement “Reopening Household Waste Recycling Centres”–
  • agree a traffic management plan with necessary partners, e.g. Police Scotland and land owners
  • formulate and implement a local communications plan ensuring key messaging is in place

First published: 27 May 2020 Last updated: 19 Jul 2021 -