government guidance that household waste and recycling centres can be open to
dispose of waste that is presenting a hazard and cannot be legally and
responsibly disposed of in other ways, the council is pleased to announce it’s
working with partner FCC, to reopen Eaton Green Road site next Monday (11 May).
People are being urged to follow the rules and only to make essential visits to the household waste and recycling centre and carefully consider whether they really need to go. Capacity will be limited, fewer people will be able to enter the site at any one time, no vans or cars with trailers are allowed and social distancing measures will be in place to protect the health of residents as well as staff.
For those who do decide a trip to the tip is necessary they will be required to follow measures such as; keeping windows shut while queuing and once inside the site, keeping at least a 2 metre distance from staff and other residents, wearing gloves and masks if possible. A maximum of 5 cars will be allowed onto the site at any one time, with a strict one in one out policy.
People are also being urged to respect the staff at the site who are doing an important job in difficult times and anyone who abuses this will be asked to leave the site immediately.
Councillor Tom Shaw, portfolio holder responsible for waste and recycling at Luton Council, said: “We realise that for some it has been an inconvenience that our tidy tips have been closed and we appreciate their patience. However, we were following government guidelines with regard to unnecessary travel and social distancing in order to keep residents and our staff safe and well.
“I must emphasise that the reopening is not a return to normal. Public safety, and that of our staff and the need for social distancing is of the upmost importance. Wherever possible we still encourage people to store waste at home, or use other ways to dispose of it or try to avoid generating it in the first place before making what may be unnecessary trips to the tidy tip.
“Put simply - please only consider visiting if it is genuinely essential, where you have extra waste that is causing a health risk”.
From Monday 11 May, the Eaton Green Rd tidy tip will be open between 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.
Measures have been put in place to provide traffic management on the highway and on the site, however it is anticipated that any trip to the site will be subject to long delays as social distancing measures will reduce traffic throughput at the tidy tip.
The situation will be reviewed regularly before a decision is made to open the tidy tip on Progress Way.
All the details on opening hours, social distancing and safety rules and how to dispose of extra waste on our Tidy Tips page
Info on how to dispose of extra waste can be found on our website
Always dispose of any waste responsibly; do not be tempted to dump any items or to use a waste carrier that is not licensed. Store any additional items until normal services resume. Giving waste to illegal carriers is a breach of the household duty of care. Residents can find further information on the Environment Agencey website