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By Michael Brown

Senior Staff Writer

30 September 2020

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Environment

Recycling centres change to winter opening hours

Residents are reminded that from Thursday October 1 Newcastle’s recycling centres will be moving to their winter opening hours.

Walbottle recycling centre, with the text "Recycling centres' winter opening hours begin"

Newcastle City Council’s sites at Brunswick, Byker and Walbottle have welcomed tens of thousands of residents over recent months, but as summer time comes to an end each year demand for their services - excluding over the Christmas and New Year period - reduces.

'Still ample chance to dispose of waste'

Cllr John-Paul Stephenson, cabinet member for environment and regulatory services, said: “As the darker nights draw in we know that the number of people who look to use our recycling centres in the evening reduces a lot, and so we change our opening times to reflect that.

“However, rest assured that all of our residents who want to will have ample chance to dispose of their excess waste in a responsible manner.

“Both Brunswick and Byker recycling centres will continue to be open 8am to 6pm, with Walbottle open 10am to 6pm, so depending on which you choose there is an eight to 10 hour window in which to visit on any given day between now and the end of March.”

Covid & 'odds/evens' measures continue

Although all bin collections continued during the Covid-19 pandemic since reopening on May 11 the council’s three sites have dealt with almost 1.1 kilotons of waste – that’s equivalent to almost five Angel of the North’s in total, or a large African elephant made of rubbish and recycling every day.

Initial high demand saw long queues to get into facilities, but a new “odds and evens” access system, introduced in August, cut wait times dramatically.

This system – which allows people with even numbered car registration plates to visit on even days of the month, and motorists with odd plates on odd dates – will continue to be in place once opening times change.

All other new rules that were introduced to maintain social distancing and keep both staff and visitors safe will also remain, including a requirement to show ID and prove that you live in the city, travel only by car, have only one person unload waste, and the permit system for larger vehicles will continue to be suspended.

Find out more

For more information about recycling centres in Newcastle visit www.newcastle.gov.uk/hwrc