Busy period for May Day recyclers in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 12:34 27 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:34 27 April 2016

Hertfordshire Counting Council is warning a busy period for May Day recyclers

Hertfordshire Counting Council is warning a busy period for May Day recyclers


Hertfordshire County Council is warning that tips are likely to be busier than usual on the bank holiday weekend.

May Day generally marks the beginning of the busiest period at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs or ‘tips’).

Despite them being open throughout the year, including weekends and bank holidays, this weekend is likely to see queues to deposit waste.

Some of that waste could be recycled at the kerbside and diverted from landfill, and the council is urging residents to make the most of kerbside recycling and to take any electrical items, broken or working, to one of the many reuse and recycling events organised across the county.

Electrical waste will either be repaired and donated to support local charities or recycled for valuable materials.

Residents who need to visit their local waste centre this weekend can reduce the likelihood of having to queue by avoiding peak times, such as around opening times.

Research has also shown that 23 per cent of visitors to HRWCs are making regular, fortnightly trips.

Rather than hold up other residents wanting to make a quick trip, the council advises saving up waste and tipping it all in one go, as well as pre-sorting items into categories before arrival.

Simon Aries, assistant director for waste and environmental management, said: “We want to support residents by encouraging them to make good use of all the recycling options available to them throughout the year, and to use HWRCs for exceptional rather than routine trips.

“If you are planning to visit a recycling centre, please do follow the easy tips for a stress-free visit and ask for help if you need it from our operators who work hard on weekends and Bank Holidays to provide us with a valuable service which sees approximately 60,000 tonnes of items recycled every year.”

For more information and a programme of electrical reuse and recycling events go to http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/envplan/waste/wasteaware/

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