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Tip opening days extended and bulky collections resume across Sandwell

Thursday, 21 May 2020

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Opening days at Sandwell Council’s tip in Oldbury have been extended and bulky waste collections will be reintroduced next week.

 

The Household Recycling Centre (the tip) at Shidas Lane, Oldbury, is now open every day, including weekends and Bank Holiday Monday (25 May.)

Opening times have also been extended and the tip is now open from 9.30am to 2.30pm every day.

Since reopening last week, the tip has been very busy and it is expected to continue to be busy in the coming weeks.

Residents are advised to plan ahead and only make a visit if it is absolutely essential.

Anyone bringing rubbish is asked to separate waste and recycling before they set off to make visits as fast as possible, and to ensure waste is recycled correctly.

Vans, trailers and traders will not be permitted to enter the site and only one person will be permitted in each car, unless they are bringing a bulky item that requires two people to unload it or if the person is registered as having a disability and has a Blue Badge.

If two people are required, they must be from the same household. Anyone using the site will need to bring proof of address, such as a driving licence, recent utility bill or current council tax summary, which they will be asked to show against their closed car window. Bulky waste collections will resume on Tuesday 26 May and residents can now book a collection by visiting www.sandwell.gov.uk/bulkywaste

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, mattresses and beds will not be collected as part of this service.

Residents can take these to the tip or store them at home until full bulky waste collections resume.

Demand is expected to be high for the bulky collection service and residents are asked to be patient while kit is reinstated.

Councillor Maria Crompton, Deputy Leader of Sandwell Council, said: “I have listened to our residents who have not been able to get to the tip during the week and I wanted to make sure all residents, including our key workers, can access our waste services. “I am very pleased to announce that the council, working closely with our environmental services partner Serco, are now in a position to open the tip every day including this coming Bank Holiday Monday and that we will also resume bulky waste collections from Tuesday 26 May. “Over the past few weeks our bin crews have been working tirelessly to get up-to-date with household and garden waste collections. “They will continue to work hard to make sure bins are collected and they have been working extra days to make this happen.

I want to thank residents for their patience and request that you continue to bear with us during these difficult times.” Dave Lynas, Contract Manager at Serco, said: “Our Household Recycling Centre has always received positive feedback from the residents of Sandwell and we’re pleased to be able to be in a position to reopen further to help residents dispose of waste that isn’t safe to store at their properties.

“We need to protect staff as well as residents using the site, so we have implemented social distancing measures such as limiting the number of cars that can enter the site and our operatives won’t be able to assist with bulky items. “If residents do have to visit the tip, please be patient and follow guidance of our onsite operatives, who continue do a tremendous job.” Find out more about the tip at www.sandwell.gov.uk/tip

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