Household Waste Recycling Centres

Halton residents will be able to visit the two Household Waste Recycling Centres at Johnsons Lane in Widnes and Picow Farm Road in Runcorn from 08.00am on Monday 4 May.

Current Government guidelines allow for only essential journeys to be made. This means the Waste Recycling sites are being reopened for essential use only.  By this we mean that you should be only be visiting the site if storing too much waste at home could cause injury, illness or harm.

Anyone in self-isolation or with any COVID-19 symptoms must not visit one of our HWRCs under any circumstances.

The sites will be open from 08:00hrs to 20:00hrs, 7 days per week, for essential use only.

No vans or large trailers will be allowed and there will be a limit on the number of cars allowed on site at any one time. There will be no walk-in pedestrian access, so please do not park in the vicinity of the centres and attempt to carry your waste in – you will not be allowed to enter.

Only one person per car should visit the site. If you do need someone else to drive the car (for example Blue Badge holders) or need help with your waste, one person from your household can accompany you. However only one person will be allowed out of the car to dispose of the waste. Do not bring children to site unless you really have to. If you do bring children they will not be allowed to leave the car.

When on site, social distancing of at least two metres will be strictly enforced. Site operatives will not provide assistance members of the public, therefore only bring waste that you can dispose of by yourself – our staff will not help with bulky items.

If households have had COVID-19 symptoms then waste should be left for at least 72 hours before disposal and personal waste should be safely double bagged. Place it in your normal bin collection if you can.

Security and traffic measures will be in place in and around the centres to help with the management of visitors and traffic. Signs will provide advice and information to visitors about expected queuing times.

Please listen to the advice and instructions given by staff – they are intended for your safety. Anyone who is abusive towards our staff will not be permitted to enter the site.

Even with these measures in place, we anticipate that queuing times will be significantly higher than usual and could possibly be several hours. Please bear this in mind when considering if your visit is essential.

To help you plan your visit we’ve put together a range of the most FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Will I have to book a slot to visit the sites? No we are not operation a booking system
Will the sites be busy?

We expect our sites to be exceptionally busy, so if your journey is not essential and your waste can wait, we’d advise postponing your visit for now.

 

How long will I have to queue at the site?

 

The queues expected at our sites mean that you could be waiting a long time at some sites –  you may have to queue for several hours
Do you have any way for residents to see how long the the queues are at sites – via camera or on your website? We will endeavour to provide updates of queue times each day which we will place on our website.

How many cars will be allowed on site?

 

There will be restrictions on site and only 3 cars allowed on site at any one time.  Please follow staff instructions.

What are the social distancing restrictions in place?

 

You will be directed to a designated space and you will be expected to follow the social distancing rules as instructed. Where possible a one way system will be marked and designated on each site.

 

What can I bring to site? The full range of household waste and recyclable materials can be brought to sites
What if I have waste relating to coronavirus infection?

If any households have had COVID-19 symptoms the residual waste should be double bagged and left for 72 hours before being putting in your residual bin or brought to site in accordance with Public Health England guidance.

 

Can I walk waste onto site?

Walk in access with waste will not be allowed.

 

Will anyone on site be able to help unload?

Don’t bring large or heavy items – staff will not be able to help you unload your car due social distancing restrictions.

 

Is the Permit Scheme in operation at sites?

 

The Commercial Vehicle Permit Scheme is temporarily suspended and vans and large trailers will not be able to access sites. If your vehicle would not normally need a permit, please assume that it will be allowed on site. This will be kept under review.

 

Can I come to site in a van or bring a large trailer?

 

Vans, large trailers and commercial vehicles will not be allowed on sites when they open from Monday 4th May.  We are keeping this decision under review and hope to be able to start to provide access got these types of vehicles through our Permit Scheme in the near future.

 

I have a small trailer (less than 2 metres) can I bring that to the site?

Small Trailers (those less than 2 metres) that do not usually need a permit will be allowed on site.

 

How many people can be in the car?

 

One person per car to visit our sites – If you need someone else to drive the car (for example blue badge holders) or need help with your waste, one person from your household can accompany you. However only one person will be allowed out of the car to dispose of the waste.

 

Can I bring my children with me?

 

Do not bring children to site unless you really have to. If you do bring children they will not be allowed to leave the car.

 

Are there any traffic restrictions at the site or on the surrounding roads?

 

There will be queues and there may be restrictions on the highways and roads leading up to the sites, there will be traffic marshals at most sites and we ask people to adhere to any advice they may give.