From Thursday 28 May 2020, drivers queuing on roads to access Household Waste Recycling Centres will face fines of up to £70 to protect all road users from the dangers associated with unsafe queueing traffic.
We’re incredibly proud that we’ve been able to keep our five Household Waste Recycling Centres open across Sheffield during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, in doing so, we’ve had to put in place measures to protect the safety of the public and our workforce by limiting the number of people using the sites to maintain social distancing.
The large numbers of people trying to access the sites has resulted in significant traffic queues, with drivers often refusing to move on despite being asked to do so by site staff. It is not acceptable for vehicles to queue outside the sites as this may cause potential danger for other road users trying to pass.
Traffic Regulation Orders have initially been introduced to the three sites most affected by unsafe queuing: Beighton Road, Blackstock Road and Longley Avenue West. Vehicles will initially be asked to move on by site staff, and only those drivers who fail to adhere to the instructions given will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice. The Penalty Charge Notice requires payment of £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days.
Whilst we understand this may cause some frustration, by putting these measures in place ensures the safety of the public and our workforce.
The sites can only remain open if residents fully co-operate and use the sites safely and responsibly. It is critical that the following instructions are adhered to:
- Always listen and be courteous to our staff
- Only visit a HWRC to dispose of waste that cannot be safely stored at home and which may cause an accessibility, fire or safety issue or which may attract vermin
- Do not queue outside the sites as this may cause potential danger for other road users trying to pass, and you will be asked to move on or face fines.
- Only one person should visit a site, and you should only bring waste that you can safely carry as no assistance can be provided by site staff.
- Sheffield City Council and Veolia will not tolerate any physical or verbal threats to its workforce, and all such incidents will be reported to the Police, and the sites may be closed.
Whilst sites are currently open, the safety of the public and staff is paramount, and if large numbers of people visit the sites or fail to follow the guidelines, they will be forced to close.
We would encourage residents with significant volumes of DIY waste and garden waste to consider contacting a registered skip hire company.
The situation with the coronavirus is changing on a daily basis. For up to date service updates, visit: www.sheffield.gov.uk/waste