Council look to bring forward earlier opening times for borough tips
Doncaster Council are looking to bring forward longer opening hours for the borough’s tips earlier than planned, Mayor Ros Jones has said.
Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Mayor Jones said the usual switch to longer summer hours from April could be brought forward from the middle of March.
The council is aware of a growing problem with fly-tipping and the current demand for household waste recycling centres across the six sites.
The mayor also said extra measures were in place to alleviate waiting cars backed up roads queuing to access the sites.
Previous statistics have shown that the council had a backlog of 1,000 fly-tipping incidents to deal with by the end of December 2020.
Doncaster has six sites in Armthorpe, Balby, Carcroft, Conisbrough, Hatfield and Rossington.
“We are looking at bringing the summer schedule forward which elongates in terms of opening, but we’ve got it back to normal with the household waste recycling centres with the openings but there are restrictions in place,” Mayor Jones said.
“The areas where we’ve got problems on the highways, we’ve started ensuring that the highways have been controlled correctly.
“We’ve still got Covid-19 safety measures in place so that members of staff can’t help people get things out of their cars – that’s going to be in place, at least for the next few months.
“This has been looked into by our director of public health (Dr Rupert Suckling) as to when that can be changed. There’s still limits to the numbers of people we can have on site, that’s why capacity is reduced as well.
“That’s why we’re looking at just bringing forward the summer opening times, and it’s actually about getting the message out for people to go at non-peak times.
“I’ve driven to mine and had a very short wait from coming in to going out so it’s also about choosing the times that people go.”
Sites can close sporadically throughout the day due to vehicles queuing on the highway, skips needing to be compacted or exchanged and for spillages on site.
For a full list of sites and opening times, visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/bins-recycling-waste/household-waste-recycling-centres