New arrivals at some of Derbyshire’s tips are being turned away as waiting times hit two hours.
Within an hour of Derbyshire County Council’s nine tips opening yesterday (May 19), waiting times at the majority of its sites were either at two hours or approaching two hours.
This led to the council temporarily banning new arrivals at its sites in Bolsover, Chesterfield, Glossop and Loscoe for two hours.
Meanwhile, waiting times at 9.30am in Bretby and Buxton had hit two hours and queues in Ilkeston were at an hour and a half.
These times have fluctuated throughout the day but there appears to be an average waiting time of an hour across the nine sites.
Derbyshire’s nine household waste and recycling tips reopened on Monday, May 18 after being closed for nearly two months due to Covid-19 infection risks.
Residents are only allowed to visit the tips, run by the county council, if they have waste which cannot be stored safely at home without causing injury or harm.
The authority says “No other reason for the journey would be considered a legitimate purpose”.
Residents are also limited for access based on the last number on their vehicle registration plate.
If the last number is odd (1,3,5,7,9) you can only visit Derbyshire tips on odd dates of the month (e.g. May 19).
If the last number is even (0,2,4,6,8) you can only visit Derbyshire tips on even dates (e.g. May 20).
However, this has not stopped the number of people flocking to the county’s tips surging.
In response, a county council spokesperson said: “We are doing all we can to manage visits to our recycling centres while new measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus are in place.
“This includes up to date information on wait times on our website, a traffic management system to help spread demand by admitting certain cars on certain days based on odd and even number plates and extra staff on the ground at each site to help keep queues moving.
“We would appeal to anyone thinking of visiting to only come if they have waste they cannot store safely at home and check our website to find out everything they need to know before they travel.
“If there is a long waiting time then please consider going to the recycling centre at another time.
”If there is a waiting time before a centre opens in the morning, it means there is already a queue. Please avoid turning up early to queue.”
Derbyshire police have urged residents to take care on the roads, queue safely and follow advice from tip staff, saying that despite the number plate system waiting times were expected to be “quite long”.
Regular updates on the waiting times at all nine of the county council’s tips can be found here: bit.ly/2Tl5Ka0
Council tips open at 8.30am and close at 6pm.