Busy start as Hartlepool tip reopens to residents: How you can book a place
Hartlepool’s Household Waste Recycling Centre has got off to a busy start after reopening to the public.
A steady stream of vehicles are flowing through the centre on Burn Road to dispose of rubbish that has been building up during the last seven weeks in lockdown.
Hartlepool Borough Council reopened the site on Wednesday, May 13, after a number of weeks, but with a number of strict rules in place to protect people.
That includes having to book a time slot in advance.
The recycling centre is now open between 9am and 3.30pm Wednesdays to Sundays, but only four cars are being allowed access at any one time and and visits are limited to ten minutes.
Two-metre social distancing is being strictly enforced at all times and staff cannot help to unload vehicles.
Children and animals are not allowed out of vehicles on site.
Before going to the recycling centre, drivers must first check in around ten minutes before their allotted time at the former Havelock Centre car park off Mainsforth Terrace.
It is to prevent vehicles backing up on Burn Road.
The centre is currently only taking general household waste (up to 10 bags), garden waste (up to 10 bags), mattresses, cardboard, grey bin recycling contents, and large electrical items such as fridges, freezers, and TVs.
All available slots between now and Saturday are fully booked but others afterwards are available.
For full details and to book, go to www.hartlepool.gov.uk/HWRCbookings or call (01429) 523333.