Residents have been thanked for their cooperation after Croydon’s household reuse and recycling centres reopened this week with new rules to keep visitors and staff safe.
Since reopening on Wednesday, there has been a steady stream of visitors to the three facilities in Factory Lane, Fishers Farm and Purley Oaks, with hundreds of cars passing through the sites each day.
New rules have been put in place including limiting the types of waste accepted and reducing the numbers of cars on site at any one time, to ensure social distancing guidelines can be met.
Traffic measures introduced on Factory Lane and Fishers Farm have helped to manage queues of those waiting to access the HRRCs, but residents are warned waiting times are longer than usual and they may not be able to join the queue if they arrive within one hour of the HRRC closing.
As the sites are expected to be very busy over the weekend, those who can continue to safely store excess waste at home are advised to do so and to only visit an HHRC if it is absolutely necessary.
Large, unwanted items can be collected by the council’s bulky waste collection service, which offers residents two free bulky waste collections and one free large white goods collection a year.
“The new measures put in place to keep everyone safe have led to longer queues, but staff have been working hard with hundreds of visits made each day.
“I want to thank residents for their support and cooperation since the reopening of our recycling centres. I would ask residents to really consider whether they need to visit the sites now or could wait until demand eases.
“Queues are longest in the morning so if residents’ do have to make the journey, please try and come later on in the day. Though ideally, if it is safe to do so, I would ask residents to continue to store excess waste at home.”
Councillor Stuart Collins, deputy leader – Clean Green Croydon
Anyone self-isolating due to Covid-19 symptoms or those in the shielded group should not visit the HRRCs.