North Tyneside tip to reopen next week

Council bosses have announced plans to re-open North Tyneside’s household waste and recycling centre – but with strict measures in place.

Monday, 4th May 2020, 1:15 pm
Updated Monday, 4th May 2020, 1:16 pm
North Tyneside Council's household waste and recycling centre is set to re-open on May 11.

The facility in North Shields was closed in March under government guidelines on the coronavirus lockdown.

But now officials at North Tyneside Council say they, along with provider Suez, are looking to re-open it on Monday, May 11, following the latest government advice.

However, the facility will reopen in a limited capacity initially and by appointment only, with strict social distancing measures in place.

Coun Carl Johnson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Following a request by the Government, the council and our provider Suez are making plans to reopen the household waste recycling centre on Monday 11 May.

“The facility will reopen in a limited capacity initially, by appointment only, and with strict social distancing measures in place to ensure the safety of our staff and residents.

“Detailed discussions about the practicalities of reopening the site are ongoing and we will provide further information as soon as we can.

“Our teams have done a fantastic job in being able to maintain our household waste, recycling and garden waste collections and we are also working to reinstate bulky waste collections as well.

“We thank people for their patience and understanding during this difficult time.”

Other authorities have also begun opening their tips.

Neighbouring Northumberland County Council opened their tips on May 4, with lengthy queues of residents waiting to dispose of their rubbish.