From Monday 1 April, both of the ‘tips’ – Household Waste Recycling Centres - in Walsall will be open every day of the week and each site will also be open late one night per week.
The trial, set to run until 30 June, is the last in a series of three trials being implemented by Walsall Council’s Cabinet to try to drive down the blight of fly-tipping in the borough.
Each ‘tip’ will be open from 8am to 6pm six days a week and open from 10am to 8pm on Tuesdays at Merchants Way and Thursdays at the Fryers Road site.
Councillor Louise Harrison, Portfolio Holder for Clean and Green said:
“As with the other trials, this is all about listening to what residents have said and giving them every opportunity to do the right thing by ensuring their household waste is disposed of legally and safely. When this trial finishes, we will be analysing whether or not the trials have made a significant impact and that will inform our future decision-making.”
“When it comes to fly-tipping, most of us are disgusted when we see photographs of fly-tipping in our neighbourhoods on social media, but we can all play a part in preventing it.”
“If someone comes knocking on your door asking if you have any rubbish needing removal, take a look at the vehicle they’re driving; does it have a company name and full contact details on it? If it’s an old transit van, for example, with no livery, does that look like a reputable company?”
“You can also ask to see their waste carrier’s licence; if they’re legitimate they’ll have it to hand and won’t mind being asked. Also ask yourself if the price they quote you is ridiculously cheap, bearing in mind that landfill tax is currently £88.95 per tonne for ‘active’ waste and that’s without the gate fee of the commercial tip they’ll be using if they’re legitimate.”
“If it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. Householders should also be aware that they have a legal duty of care with regard to the disposal of the waste from their homes. If we find evidence which links fly-tipping to you, expect your door to be knocked.”
Walsall residents will soon also be taking advantage of fortnightly brown bin collections of their garden waste.
Councillor Harrison said:
“People told us how important a fortnightly collection of their garden waste was to them. A collection every three weeks just wasn’t working for them so we decided the right thing to do was to go back to collections every two weeks.”
Walsall’s Household Waste and Recycling Centres are located at:
01 April 2019 – 30 June 2019
08.00 – 18.00
10.00 – 20.00
From 01/07/2019 the sites will revert to the publicised summer opening hours until 30/09/2019. Summer opening hours are:
What can be recycled at the HWRCs
Brown bin (garden waste) collection is set to resume on 1 April 2019. Residents can check their collection dates via our postcode finder https://www.walsall.gov.uk/waste/bincollections