New rules in place as Gwynedd Council recycling centres set to re-open

Date: 19/05/2020

Following the Welsh Government’s announcement that recycling centres can re-open under revised regulations, Gwynedd Council has confirmed that five of its eight recycling centres will re-open to cars from 26 May.


To use the service, residents will need to book a slot online by visiting, using the Council’s website or app or by phoning the Council’s contact centre in advance on 01766 771000. The new system will be open to take bookings from 8:30am on Friday, 22 May.


From 26 May, the recycling centres at Bangor, Caernarfon, Dolgellau, Ffridd Rasus in Harlech and Pwllheli will be open for Gwynedd residents who have booked a specific slot between 9am and 4pm Tuesday to Saturday and closed on Sundays and Mondays. The centres will be open to cars only in the first instance and those wanting to use the facilities must book a slot in advance.


The Council’s Garndolbenmaen, Blaenau Ffestiniog and Bala recycling centres will remain closed for the time being as the Council assesses how the new arrangements bed-in at the other sites.


Initially, the service at the five recycling centres will be limited to cars only, but will be extended to include vans and trailers as soon as possible. Due to the social distancing rules, a limited number of time-slots will be available to ensure the safety of residents and Council staff and those without an appointment will not be able to visit the centres.


Councillor Catrin Wager, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal, said:


“Following the recent change in national regulations which allow councils to plan re-opening recycling centres, we are pleased that we have been able to develop a new system that will allow us to safely re-open five of our recycling centres next week.


“However, it’s really important that residents understand that this will be a limited service for cars only to start with and that every visit must be booked in advance. We would urge residents to help to ensure the new arrangements works as smoothly as possible by sorting out as much of their items for disposal before they get to the centre and to ensure that they fully observe the social distancing rules at the centres to protect their own health and that of our staff.


“For this new arrangement to work, we are appealing to Gwynedd residents to use the same restraint they have shown throughout the lockdown period. The stay at home message remains in place in Wales, and residents should only consider travelling to our recycling centres if they are unable to store items safely at home or if the items cannot be collected as part of the Council’s weekly household recycling collections.


“It is possible that there will be queues at times as the new arrangements bed-in – please be patient and respect the staff who will be doing their best to get everyone through the centre as safely and as quickly as possible.


“For those Gwynedd residents who have large items they need to dispose of, we are pleased to confirm that our bulky waste collection service will be available shortly. Details of how to book will be available on the Council website in the coming weeks, with collections due to re-start from mid-June.”


Residents displaying COVID-19 symptoms, those living in a household with someone displaying symptoms of the virus or who are shielding should not visit the recycling centres.


The centres are for the use of Gwynedd residents only, and as part of the re-opening, residents wishing to use the recycling centres will need to:


  • book a slot in advance on the Council website or by calling the Council’s Galw Gwynedd contact centre – anyone attempting to visit without an appointment will be refused entry;
  • provide their vehicle registration when they book an appointment – the service will initially be limited to cars only;
  • ensure that they visit the recycling centre during their allotted time-slot (no more than 10 minutes before the beginning of the slot and no later than 10 minutes before the end of their slot);
  • ensure that only one person steps out of the vehicle to unload the waste
  • follow the strict social distancing measures that will be in place at all recycling centres and dispose of their items as soon as possible;
  • make sure they only bring household waste – no commercial or business waste will be allowed;
  • only bring items that they can carry themselves. Due to the social distancing rules, staff will not be able to help people to unload their car or dispose of waste;
  • sort as much as possible of their waste before they get to the centre so that they can dispose of items as quickly as possible.
  • household waste (that is not possible to recycle) must be bagged before being put in the skips;
  • garden waste must be emptied from bags when deposited in the skip.