Coventry tip to reopen with strict measures in place

Coventry residents will need to book a slot in advance of their visit, and take along proof of residency documents, such as a tax bill or driving license.

Coventry’s Household Waste Recycling Centre (Tip) on London Road will be reopening next week, with strict measures being put in place by Coventry City Council to ensure the safety of site users and staff.

Coventry City Council said they anticipate that the site will be very busy when it reopens, and so to minimise the number of people on the site at any one time, they are asking residents to book a time slot online in advance.

Locals will need to provide their vehicle’s license plate number when they reserve a slot, so that the onsite staff can match vehicles to their pre-booked time slots.

Further to this, to prevent people from the neighbouring area from using the tip facilities, which are only available to Coventry residents, anyone who books a slot will need to bring with them proof of residency documents.

This can be in the form of a recent tax bill, printed or on your phone, or a driving license.

Proof of address will need to be shown to the onsite staff through a closed window to limit contact.

Anyone who tries to enter the site without a booking slot will be refused entry, said the council.

In order to maximise space inside the centre, only cars will be permitted onto the site. Vans and large trailers will not be allowed in for the time being.

Once inside, all visitors must follow the social distancing guidelines. Visitors must always be 2m (6ft) apart at all times. There will be signs to help visitors remember.

The council said their staff will be on hand to help guide visitors and to remind them of their social distancing obligations, however, will not be able to help visitors unload their vehicles.

As an alternative, the council’s bulky waste collection service will also be restarting on Monday, 18 May.

Cllr Patricia Hetherton, cabinet member for city services, said: “I am pleased that we can now reopen the Household Waste Recycling Centre on London Road, following the recent changes to Government’s guidelines on essential travel.

“However, I must stress that this pandemic is still ongoing and it’s vital that you only make a visit to the Centre if it’s necessary. If you are able to store your waste at home until your next household collection, please do so.

“We’re expecting the site to be extremely busy, which is why we’re asking you to book in advance. This booking system is going to help us keep the numbers at a manageable level and allow those on site to be as safe as possible.

“Your safety and that of our staff is our number one priority, that’s why it’s so important that you observe social distancing on site and listen to the guidance given by our staff

“I want to thank the Centre’s staff for all their hard work during these difficult times and ask that residents continue to respectfully support them so they can continue to keep the Centre open.”

To find out more information or book a slot, visit Coventry City Council’s web page.