ePetition details

Open Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC)

We the undersigned petition the County Council to to open and manage a safe operating system at our Hertfordshire recycling sites because we believe that now is the appropriate time.

Defra are recommending the reopening of recycling sites in a safe and controlled manner.

We have been told that the lockdown is continuing for the foreseeable future and people need to be mentally occupied at home. This will result in garden waste and waste from DIY projects.
Social distancing can be organized with controlled car flow.
The sites will inevitably have to open at some point and whenever this is, there will be issues around excess demand for disposing of waste.
We have evidence of increased fly tipping, which will incur significant costs to the local authority. Local authorities should be responsible and not expect Central Government to bail them out as this is all our public money that future generations will be saddled with.
Some householders will have space at their properties to store rubbish, but many will not. It is depressing to look at the build up of rubbish and there is also the issue of infection spreading if waste is not disposed of.
Some resdients have reported vermin at their properties.

Started by: Alison Wall (I am a Three Rivers District Council District Councillor)

This ePetition ran from 20/04/2020 to 17/06/2020 and has now finished.

137 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

The Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in Hertfordshire were closed on the 26th March in direct response to the need to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) worked to develop and agree a recovery plan for the service which was implemented on 11th May when 10 of the 16 currently operational HWRCs across the county were reopened. Since that day a further 2 HWRCs have been reopened making 12 out of a possible 16; these have been prioritised in terms of catchment area for the centres, HWRC size and the ability to manage social distancing requirements. The Council is supplying additional numbers of temporary staff and has redeployed resources across the network (from the HWRCs that remain closed) to ensure the safety of site users, staff and the wider community at the HWRCs that have reopened.

Inevitably demand has been high across the network due to ‘lockdown DIY’ and HCC has worked closely with Highways and District/Borough colleagues to put appropriate additional traffic management measures in place for the queuing that is occurring. A full communications campaign has and continues to be rolled out . HCC is keeping further demand management options under review as well as working hard with the contracted operator to reopen additional HWRCs in Hertfordshire as soon as can be safely accommodated.

The limiting factor to opening the remaining HWRCs is resources, principally qualified and experienced staff, which are currently fully stretched across the network ensuring the open sites are safe and managed in line with government guidance. HCC reviews weekly if it can open the remaining sites and will do so as soon as it can safely (and current social distancing rules allow).