Prime Minister Mark Drakeford announced on Friday that libraries and household waste recycling centers would be allowed to reopen, although local Wales authorities can individually decide if and how to proceed.
All boards have agreed on a common set of criteria that must be met before the safe reopening of recycling sites can be considered. Boards should be convinced that:
- There is an appropriate level of staff available to operate the facilities.
- Sites can comply with strict health and safety requirements, including sanitation, social isolation and the implications for traffic management.
- The unions are consulted to agree on the basis for any reopening and operation of the centers.
Here’s what the Welsh councils say about their plans so far.
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) recycling centers will reopen on Friday, May 22.
Council chief Andrew Morgan confirmed the reopening date, with centers introducing on-site social distancing rules and a strict limit on the number of vehicles allowed at any time. People will also not be allowed to leave their vehicle until they are on site.
Two temporary sites will be created for 10 days, and the opening hours will be extended from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The number of trucks loaded with materials will be increased.
Cllr Morgan asked people to act responsibly and to avoid rushing to the facilities when they reopen in order to maintain social distance.
In the Welsh capital, the sites are unlikely to reopen immediately.
With regard to the other boards, a statement from the Cardiff Council said: “The Wales boards have agreed that they will need to trust the right staff levels, compliance health and safety and union consultation, before considering reopening the household waste recycling centers (HWRC) in local areas.
“On Friday, the Prime Minister confirmed his intention to change the regulations to allow movement to recycling sites when they are finally reopened in the future. Although this change in regulations allows boards to reopen sites, it is unlikely that they will reopen immediately as each local authority will use their discretion to decide if it is safe to do so based on the situation in their area.
“Local councils will keep residents informed of all plans and deadlines for reopening facilities in each area of authority.
“Recycling centers have remained closed since the lock was put in place to minimize unnecessary trips. Boards continued to monitor the situation on an ongoing basis to encourage residents to comply with the measures. “
Plans are already underway in Carmarthenshire for the reopening of household waste recycling centers and libraries.
Council chief Emlyn Dole said, “We have already started to think about how to proceed, as directed by the Welsh government and other local authorities, but we want to make it clear that we will only reopen our services when we are convinced that we can do it safely, taking into account the well-being of our staff and our residents. “
Neath Port Talbot
The latest update from Neath Port Talbot’s board indicates that all recycling centers remain closed, but they hope to reopen the sites soon as safely as possible for residents and site staff.
A spokesperson for Merthyr Tydfil’s board said, “All of our household waste and recycling centers are currently closed.
“This decision was made in accordance with advice from the central government on social distance and essential travel.
“We ask residents to use the sidewalk waste and recycling service for as much household waste as possible. All other materials such as wood, scrap metal, mattresses, rubble, clothing and furniture should be kept for disposal once we are able to re-open it. “
A Swansea board spokesperson said, “We are in the process of preparing a plan to safely open recycling sites in Swansea, in a way that will provide a safe working environment for staff and also for visiting public, taking into account the last Welsh. Government orientation.
“The confirmation of the dates for the reopening of our sites will be made public in the coming weeks. “
Vale of Glamorgan
Council chief Neil Moore said: “We are already thinking about how we could start to reopen and restore some services that we have safely suspended. This planning will continue, but no immediate changes will be made to the measures currently in force. place.
“We are working with all the councils in Wales to try to ensure that, as much as possible, when services, such as household waste recycling centers, are reopened, they are reopened at the same time through the country in a well-planned manner, to avoid confusion.
“This will only be done, however, when we are confident that the services can be managed according to government directives in a way that ensures the safety of the public and staff. “