When you can visit the tip in South Shields over the bank holiday weekend as staff at Middlefields Recycling Village prepare for influx

Households planning a bank holiday clear-out are being reminded about the restrictions in place at South Tyneside’s tip ahead of an expected busy weekend.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 3:26 pm
Staff are preparing for a bank holiday influx at the tip. Cllr Ernest Gibson has asked people to remember restrictions.
Staff are preparing for a bank holiday influx at the tip. Cllr Ernest Gibson has asked people to remember restrictions.

Staff at the Recycling Village in Middlefields Industrial Estate, South Shields are preparing for another influx over the three-day weekend.

However, South Tyneside Council has issued a reminder that restrictions remain in place to help keep staff and visitors safe, with limited numbers of people allowed on site at any one time to support the Government’s social distancing rules and help prevent spread of coronavirus.

The tip is open every day of the year – except Christmas Day – from 9am to 6pm.

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The queue to get into the Reycling Village when it reopened in May 2020 following an easing of the first coronavirus lockdown.

But the council is continuing to operate the ‘Even Plate, Even Date / Odd Plate, Odd Date’ system.

The days over the bank holiday weekend are:

:: Friday 28 May, EVEN plates

:: Saturday 29 May, ODD plates

:: Sunday 30 May, EVEN plates

:: Monday 31 May, ODD plates

Cars with the wrong plate for the date will be asked to leave the queue and to return on the corresponding day.

Vans can visit with a permit between 9.30am to 11am.

Councillor Ernest Gibson, lead member for Area Management and Community Safety, said: “Many people tend to use the long Bank Holiday weekend for a clear out.

"As such this leads to extra demand for our Recycling Village.

“With many residents expected to use the facility over the coming days, we are reminding them that there are still rules in place that must be observed. This is important for the safety of all those on site.

“We would ask people to mindful of the restrictions around what vehicles are permitted on site on which days and be respectful of staff who continue to work in difficult circumstances. Please know what to do and what to expect before visiting.”

Before visiting, residents are reminded to:

:: Check which day they can visit

:: Check their vehicle is permitted on site and whether a permit is needed

:: Check what type of materials can be safely disposed of at the Recycling Village and separate them before arriving to reduce time on site;

:: Batteries must not be disposed of in the large waste containers; they should be removed from items and placed in the specific battery recycling point (on the righthand side on exiting the site);

:: Not arrive before opening at 9am or leave it too late to visit. Last entry for cars is 5.50pm

:: Not queue along Boldon Lane, which must be keep clear for safety reasons;

:: Not visit if experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.

Councillor Gibson added: “We continue to work hard to ensure the safety of both staff and visitors, in line with the Government’s current national guidelines around social distancing. We thank the public for their patience and support while restrictions remain in place.”

For further information about South Tyneside Recycling Village, including full details of the restrictions in place and the vehicles permitted, visit the Council’s website at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling

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