Traffic queues are forming and councils have issued warnings.
Beeston, Bilsthorpe, Calverton, Hucknall, Newark and Worksop HWRCs (managed by Veolia) have reopened seven days a week 10am – 6pm apart from Newark which will be open 10am -4pm to avoid causing additional congestion on the Brunel Drive Industrial Estate and around the A1/A46/A17 junctions during the evening traffic peak.
This will be the first phase of reopening while plans to re-open the remaining sites are underway.
Strict social distancing will be enforced and a one-car-in one-car-out system will be employed; no trailers or vans will be permitted.
Nottingham city council said:
‘There are now queues of 3-4 hours at our Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Lenton.
‘Please avoid using this service today and store waste at home if it is safe to do so.
‘Thank you for your understanding.
‘As expected, our Household Waste and Recycling Centre is already experiencing long queues and staff are turning cars away. Please only visit this site if you really have to. If possible please store waste safely at home or visit later in the week. Thank you for your understanding.’
Nottinghamshire County Council said AT 10:29:
‘We’re already experiencing HUGE queues at the HWRC sites that have reopened and they’ve only been open an hour.
‘This is causing DANGEROUS highway situations across the county, especially around Newark and Beeston.
‘Only essential visits should be made.’
‘We can’t stress this enough, this is the FIRST DAY sites have reopened – you DO NOT need to rush there, please wait a few days.’
‘Traffic enforcement is in place, but unfortunately many are ignoring the advice – creating dangerous situations potentially for blue light services needing to get around the county.’