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Good News: Conwy's Household Recycling Centres will be reopening next week

Brilliant news just in as it has been announced that Conwy’s household recycling centres will be reopening next week. Residents will need an appointment to go to the centres and there are some other changes.

Conwy County Borough Council has announced that its two Household Recycling Centres in Mochdre and Abergele will reopen on Tuesday 26 May. The sites will be operating a strict appointment system, with slots released for the next 4 weeks, 7 days a week.

Visits to the recycling centres will be restricted to cars (and vans with permits), but no trailers are allowed. Each household is allowed one visit, to make sure that everyone who wants to use the centres can get an appointment.

To help prevent delays and reduce contact at payment machines, the Council is waiving some of the usual charges for non-household waste. Residents will not be charged for up to 3 bags of rubble, soil or wood. Because some companies which usually process waste are not operating, the sites can’t accept carpet or bric-a-brac at the moment.

We are pleased that we’re able to reopen the recycling centres for residents in a way that makes sure that staff and the public can be safe,” said Cllr Greg Robbins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation. “But we’re asking people to consider if they need to make this trip and to only bring items which are not safe to store at home and which they can’t put out for the recycling and bin collections.

As well as being a practical operational solution, waiving some charges is also a gesture of thanks to residents. We would like to thank them for keeping hold of their unwanted items until we could reopen the centres,” he added.

Residents can book an appointment for the recycling centre online from Thursday 21 May 2020 at or call Conwy’s Environment Advice Team on 01492 575337.

The Council is also taking bookings for bulky waste collections from Thursday 21 May, with the service due to restart on Monday 1 June.


Businesses in Denbighshire urged to follow social distancing guidelines by Council

Denbighshire County Council is urging people and businesses to continue to follow public health guidance for social distancing.

With some businesses in Wales being allowed to re-open, such as garden centres, the Council is reminding residents and businesses that Welsh Government guidance is clear and that people should generally stay at home and only go out for exercise locally and shopping for essentials.

Social distancing requirements must be followed at all times.

Cllr Mark Young, the Council’s Lead Member for Planning, Public Protection and Safer Communities, said: “Whilst we all want to see a return to normal as soon as possible it’s vital that we follow the guidance from Welsh Government.  Social distancing is a key part of controlling the virus and businesses can play their part by ensuring social distancing is maintained in and around their premises.

All businesses permitted to open must implement procedures to ensure a distance of two metres between people, staff and customers, and proprietors should be reminding staff to only come to work if they are well and no one in their household is self-isolating.  

To protect staff and customers, it is wise to manage entry into the premises, only allowing a limited number of people at any given time. 

Signage should be clear and remind customers with symptoms not to enter as well as to remind staff and customers to always keep two metres apart while on the premises or waiting in a queue.

Regular hand washing and cleaning of surfaces should be common practice and business owners should consider any measure that removes the need for close contact such as contactless payment and plexiglass barriers.

Councillor Young added: “It seems social distancing will be around for some time and we should all play our part.  Although we have focus on the retail sector these measures apply to all businesses whether they are public facing or not, large or small, retail or manufacturing, and also to the public when they have left home.  We ask everybody to adhere to the requirements and respect others around them.

Officers from the Council’s Public Protection teams will be monitoring compliance at businesses over the coming weeks. 

Anybody wishing to raise concerns about social distancing at a business premises can report it via 01824 706000 on or online at


A SONG of support for the NHS has been recorded by a council staff choir and friends

The recording of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ features Canu Conwy, the staff choir of Conwy County Borough Council, joined by NHS workers and professional singers from the area in a message of hope and of thanks to the staff at Ysbyty Enfys, the temporary field hospital at Venue Cymru, Llandudno.


Updates for Garden waste collections in Denbighshire

We've recently had the news that Denbighshire County Council is updating its position on its garden waste collection which was suspended following the coronavirus outbreak.

The Council, like all other councils across Wales, has needed to introduce significant changes to protect the health and well-being of the public and its staff. Those changes included the suspension of the garden waste services and the temporary closure of the household recycling centres at Ruthin, Denbigh and Rhyl.

Household waste and recycling collection services have been operating as normal. There are no plans to change this.

Councillor Brian Jones, Cabinet Lead Member for Waste, Transport and the Environment, said: “Due to many of our frontline workers being unwell or self-isolating, we have brought in workers from other service areas and teams to ensure we’re able to run our more essential collections as best we can, such as food waste recycling, dry recycling (such as cardboard, paper, glass, plastics and cans), hygiene waste (such as nappies and incontinence products) and non-recyclable waste.

We have prioritised our efforts on these essential collections, but we have cancelled some of our less-essential collections, such as garden waste collections. We recognise that this is proving difficult for subscribers, especially since we have experienced such great weather and we share their frustration.

Our intention is to reinstate the service as soon as possible, but we cannot do that at this stage due to the ongoing national restrictions and some staff being unable to work safely due to underlying health conditions, which put them at significant risk.  However, this position is under constant review.  

We aim to resume the service during May, and we will inform residents as soon as we have a definite date for resuming the service through our web and social media accounts.  We would like to thank everyone for their patience during this period”.

Until the garden waste collection resumes, the Council is issuing the following advice:

  • Store your garden waste in a neat heap in the corner of your garden, turning it occasionally (weekly) to keep it aerated.
  • Do not put garden waste into your bags, bins, boxes or caddies for recyclable nor non-recyclable waste.
  • Do not burn your garden waste; this creates air pollution that could harm people nearby who may already have breathing difficulties due to COVID-19.  There is also the danger that fires could get out of control. Fire services around the country are reporting an increase in callouts due to garden fires.
  • Why not try home composting? You could create your own low-cost compost bin or heap, turning your food and garden waste into garden compost that’s perfect for mulching and conditioning your soil.

If residents have paid for their garden waste collection, the Council will extend their subscription to cover the duration of any missed collections since the service was suspended. For example, if the service was suspended for two months, the Council will extend the collection at no extra cost for the weeks missed..  

Those receiving subscription reminders are asked to do so, to ensure that their collection service resumes as soon as the service is reinstated.   

If you have any further enquiries, click here or call 01824 706000.



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