Tips back open - but how busy are they?

Tips back open - but how busy are they?

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:23am 12th May 2020.

Staff outnumbered visitors to Dorchester’s tip for large parts of the day when the facility re-opened on Monday.

Dorset Council had predicted long queues – but they failed to materialise.

The local authority had warned to only take items which could not be stored safely at home, or where there were no alternative means of disposal available.

Just before 11am, two hours after the Louds Mill site had opened there were no queues and only two cars in the tip area.

Even at opening time there had only been, at worst, 15 vehicles waiting to go in.

Dorchester tip re-opened
Dorchester tip re-opened

Five council staff were on the approach road to the tip, including those with stop/go boards, ready to offer advice about what should be brought to the site and what should not.

A similar number of staff were within the tipping area ensuring social distancing was observed and people were charged for items which incur a fee, payable only by contactless means.

Nine out of the ten Dorset Council household recycling centres (HRC) re-opened on Monday, the exception being Sherborne, which was said to be not capable of being operated safely.

'New rules'

New rules at all of the sites include no visits on foot or by cycle; only one person to unload at a time except where there are heavy objects not manageable by one; not visiting the tip if you are unwell; if you have to bring children with you they should stay in the car and all waste to be double bagged and left for 72 hours before being taken to a tip site.

Visitors will also find that staff will be unable to help them carry items and that visitors should not touch their faces and should wash their hands on arrival back home.

Cllr Tony Alford
Cllr Tony Alford

Said Cllr Tony Alford ([pictured above), Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for customer, community and regulatory services:

"I just want to emphasise, if you really need to take waste posing a hazard to a HRC, you must follow social-distancing guidelines at each site to protect the public and employees from the continuing pandemic.

"This will inevitably cause significant delays getting into each site, so we are kindly asking people who can continue to store waste safely to delay their trip to the recycling centre until restrictions are eased further."


By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter