After the initial PostCode Lottery system for visiting a Household Recycling Centre (HRC), Wiltshire Council announced yesterday (2 June) that as from next week (Monday 8 June) anyone needing to get rid of waste that can’t be collected at the kerbside will have to ‘make an advance booking for a slot to visit one of Wiltshire’s household recycling centres’.
No-one will be able to turn up to the Marlborough centre or any other HRC without a booking and anyone who turns up without a booked slot will not be permitted to access the site.
It’s easy! As expressed in Wiltshire Council’s notice explaining the procedure: ‘Booking a slot is easy. From Thursday 4 June, simply visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/waste, choose a preferred HRC and timeslot, enter your vehicle registration details, and confirm your booking. Then, please turn up at your chosen HRC on time (not before) with ID with your address on it, such as a driver’s licence, council tax bill, utility bill (a printed or an electronic version is fine), and your van permit, if you are visiting the site in a van that is under 3.5 tonnes.‘
One bit of good news is that as from next week the Centres will be able to accept soil, rubble, plasterboard, textiles and, with notice, asbestos.
But still no trailers will be allowed, nor, as noted above, any vehicles of 3.5 tonnes or over.
Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Waste, said: “It’s been two weeks since we reopened our household recycling centres, and while we have seen queues, they have been well managed, and I’m pleased to be able to report that most residents have been good humoured and understanding while queuing.” Hopefully other drivers inadvertently caught up in these queues were of similar feeling.
She added: “We expect demand to be very high initially, but new slots are added each day, so if you can’t get a slot, please try again the next day.”