East London Waste Authority
East London Waste Authority

East London Waste Authority

Public Statements

Public Statement – Wednesday 13 May 2020

 

ELWA Reuse and Recycling Centres have re-opened

The East London Waste Authority (ELWA) has re-opened its four Reuse and Recycling Centres (RRCs) from Monday 11 May.  The sites were closed on 24 March in line with government guidance and legislation related to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The four RRCs have been re-opened for residents to make essential journeys to dispose of waste items in their home.  Residents are encouraged to continue to store other items of waste in their homes where possible, or make use of the collection services available in their borough.

The four RRCs are:

Social distancing measures are in place at the RRCs, including restrictions on the number of vehicles allowed onto the sites at any one time, so fewer residents per hour are able to deposit their recycling and waste.

There are changes to access routes and traffic management arrangements in place to minimise the impact on local roads.  These differ from site to site, and residents are strongly encouraged to visit the web page for the RRC they intend to visit to make sure they are familiar with the new arrangements.

There have been some long queues since the sites were re-opened.  Residents are thanked for their patience, and also for unloading their vehicles efficiently once they have been granted access to the RRC.

All four RRCs are operating normal hours, and residents are advised that they should arrive well before closing time.

Residents should take responsibility for reducing the risk of transmitting Covid-19.  No-one with symptoms of Covid-19 or in a period of self-isolation should visit the RRCs, and other residents should wear gloves, bring hand sanitiser and wash their hands thoroughly when they return home.  Site staff will regularly clean handrails and other surfaces.
For more information on the collection services in the four boroughs:

 

 


 

 

Public Statement – Thursday 7 May 2020

 

ELWA Reuse and Recycling Centres to reopen from Monday 11 May

The East London Waste Authority (ELWA) will re-open its four Reuse and Recycling Centres (RRCs) from Monday 11 May.  The sites were closed on 24 March in line with government guidance and legislation related to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Following consultation with the four Constituent Councils (London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham and Redbridge) and the Metropolitan Police, and in line with new government guidance issued on 5 May, the four RRCs will be re-opened for residents to use to deposit waste that is causing a risk of harm at their homes.

Residents are encouraged to continue to store other items of waste in their homes until restrictions on non-essential travel have been released, or make use of the collection services available in their borough.

The four RRCs are:

Social distancing measures will be in place at the RRCs, including restrictions on the number of vehicles allowed onto the sites at any one time, so fewer residents per hour will be able to deposit their recycling and waste.

Long queues are anticipated when the sites first open, and there will be changes to access routes and traffic management arrangements in place to minimise the impact on local roads that will differ from site to site.

All four RRCs will operate normal hours.  Residents planning to use the Chigwell Road and Frizlands Lane sites should arrive well before closing time.  The RRCs at Gerpins Lane and Jenkins Lane will be open later, and we have secured agreement to allow the sites to continue operating for an extra hour after closing time to allow as many residents as possible that are already in the queue to complete their visit.

Residents should take responsibility for reducing the risk of transmitting Covid-19.  No-one with symptoms of Covid-19 or in a period of self-isolation should visit the RRCs, and other residents should wear gloves, bring hand sanitiser and wash their hands thoroughly when they return home.  Site staff will regularly clean handrails and other surfaces.
For more information on the collection services in the four boroughs:

 



 

 

Covid-19 statement 24 March 2020

 

All East London Waste Authority Reuse & Recycling Centres closed until further notice due to coronavirus.

The four East London Waste Authority (ELWA) Reuse & Recycling Centres are closed from today (Tuesday 24 March) until further notice.

The safety of customers and staff is of the utmost importance, and in accordance with current government coronavirus guidelines on the avoidance of non-essential contact to prevent a risk of infection to others, the sites need to remain closed to the public.

The four sites are:
• Chigwell Road (Redbridge)
• Frizlands Lane (Barking & Dagenham)
• Gerpins Lane (Havering)
• Jenkins Lane (Newham)

It is essential that everyone plays their part in slowing down the spread of the virus. Much of what residents normally bring to the Reuse & Recycling Centres is bulky waste (large items such as furniture, wood and metals) and garden waste. Residents should do what they can to hold onto these items until the sites reopen. Electrical items should not be placed into any other bins, and where possible grass cuttings and hedge trimmings should be composted at home.

Residents and businesses are asked to please not leave any waste outside the Reuse & Recycling Centres. This will be considered fly-tipping, it is illegal, and those who do this will be subject to Fixed Penalty Notices or prosecution. Should you have an essential requirement to dispose of waste, please consult the London Waste Map for alternative tipping locations.

The staff who normally work at the Reuse & Recycling Centres will be redeployed to other areas to maintain essential services, so that collected household waste can continue to be received and properly managed during these unprecedented times. Please note that the Reuse & Recycling Centres may continue to be used by borough vehicles to support these essential waste collection services, but they will not be accessible by members of the public.

Click on your Borough to discover your nearest Recycling Centre

Barking & Dagenham

Havering

Newham

Redbridge