Finally! Tips across Northamptonshire announce they are to reopen

You'll finally be able to get rid of your stockpiled rubbish

By Kate Cronin
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 4:09 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th May 2020, 4:10 pm
Household waste recycling centres have been closed for weeks
Household waste recycling centres have been closed for weeks

Householders across the county can breathe a sigh of relief this afternoon after Northamptonshire County Council announced its tips would reopen in eleven days.

The household waste recycling sites have been shut for more than a month to help stop the spread of Covid-19. But many people who have been stuck at home have used the time to clear out cupboards, garages and spare rooms.

Now the waste sites are set to reopen on Monday, May 18.

In line with guidance from DEFRA the council is asking that only essential journeys to HWRCs be made, and only if waste or recycling cannot be stored safely at home without causing injury, harm or risk to health.

If waste can be temporarily stored in a way that does not pose a risk, then the council is asking people to keep it at home and not to make the journey to a HWRC.

Additionally – and in line with Public Health England guidance - residents who are vulnerable, or who are showing symptoms which may indicate coronavirus, should not visit household recycling centres.

Cllr Jason Smithers, county council cabinet member for highways and place, said: “We have been advised by the Government that Northamptonshire’s recycling centres can re-open.

"It’s important that while social distancing rules are still in place we do this in a co-ordinated way and as such we have a robust plan in place to help residents dispose of household waste whilst ensuring the safety of themselves and council staff.

"Because the demand for the centres is likely to initially be very high we would ask members of the public to only use the service if it is absolutely necessary.

“It’s also important that if they do go that they keep to social distancing rules for the safety of both themselves and the staff.”

The council is expecting the sites to be very busy and as they will be operating at reduced capacity to comply with social distancing rules, long queues are expected.

Social distancing measures also mean that site staff will not be able to assist members of the public with carrying any waste, as they usually would do.

The social distancing measures will also apply for members of the public, which will mean that the number of vehicles on site at any one time will be restricted. It will also mean that usual parking bays may not be available, and each HWRC will have one-way systems in place for vehicles and pedestrians. On entering the site, council staff will give clear instructions.

With the anticipated traffic queues, officers will be on hand to help marshal traffic to ensure that no obstructions are caused.

As is usual at busy times, sites may have to close temporarily throughout the day if demand becomes too high, to enable safe operations and allow traffic to disperse from the highway.

Here are all the dates and times when your local tip will be open:

Brixworth, Scaldwell Road, NN6 9YE: Mon/Thu/Fr/Sat/Sun, 10am -6pm

Corby, Kettering Road, NN17 3JG: Mon/Tue/Fri/Sat/Sun, 10am -6pm

Daventry, Browns Road, NN11 4NS: Mon/Tue/Fr/Sat/Sun, 10am -6pm

Ecton, Lower Ecton Lane, Great Billing, NN3 5HQ: Mon/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun, 10am – 6pm

Kettering, Garrard Way, Telford Way Industrial Estate, NN16 8TD: Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun, 10am – 6pm

Rushden, Northampton Road, NN10 6BW: Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun, 10am – 6pm

Sixfields, Walter Tull Way, NN5 5QL: Tue/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun, 10am – 6pm

Towcester, Old Green Nortons Road, NN12 8AX: Mon/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun, 10am - 6pm

Wellingborough, Paterson Road, NN8 4BZ: Mon/Tue/Fri/Sat/Sun, 10am – 6pm