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Tips - WC tries again after potty postcode failure

June 2, 2020 4:58 PM

As forecast on this website, the system of a postcode lottery to determine eligibility for tip visits has collapsed after generating chaos at Wiltshire's Household Recycling Centres.

So the rubbish boffins at WC have come up with another wheeze which might actually have a better chance of success. Here's the announcement:

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Wiltshire Council will launch a new online booking system later this week to allow people to book a visit to any household recycling centre (HRC) in the county, up to three days in advance.

From Thursday 4 June, people will be able to visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/waste and make an advance booking for a slot. Slots will be available for HRC visits from Monday 8 June onwards and each slot will be available for a 15-minute visit to your chosen HRC. People should turn up on time with ID to confirm their booking, and in the vehicle with the registration number the slot has been booked for.

From Monday 8 June, people will no longer be able to turn up to a HRC without a booking - they must have booked a slot online in advance. Anyone who turns up without a booked slot will not be permitted to access the site.

Booking a slot is easy. From Thursday 4 June, simply visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/waste, choose a preferred HRC and timeslot, enter your vehicle registration details, and confirm your booking. Then turn up at your chosen HRC on time (not before) with ID with your address on it, such as a driver's licence, council tax bill, utility bill (a printed or an electronic version is fine), and your van permit, if you are visiting the site in a van that is under 3.5 tonnes.

As well as these changes, the council has also relaxed some of the changes that have been in place in recent weeks - Stanton St Quinton HRC will be open from Monday 8 June for pre-booked slots only, and HRCs can now accept soil, rubble, plasterboard, textiles and, with notice, asbestos. Other restrictions, including no trailers or vehicles 3.5 tonnes or over, remain in place, and people should follow the current postcode entry system for visits to HRCs before Monday 8 June.

To keep staff and residents safe, and following the latest public health and industry guidance, there are a significant number of measures in place to ensure social distancing at all HRCs. These include:

  • Visitors must keep at least two metres from others at all times
  • Only one person allowed on bin access steps at any one time
  • Only one person per car can get out of the vehicle - so please only bring waste that one person can lift
  • No entry for trailers or large vans of 3.5 tonnes and over
  • The number of parking spaces on each site is significantly reduced
  • No pedestrian access and no access on a bicycle or motorcycle
  • Don't bring recyclable materials that can be collected through the council's kerbside recycling collection service

For more details see www.wiltshire.gov.uk/household-recycling-centres-booking-faqs