Household waste and recycling centres will reopen on Monday 11 May.
However, residents are asked to note that they will open with restrictions and traffic management in place. Residents are urged to only travel to a site where the journey is essential and where the waste or recycling cannot be safely stored at home until a later date. All eight sites will reopen, operating seven days a week from 8.30am-5pm.
All users of the sites will need to observe social distancing measures which, unfortunately, means site staff will not be able to assist anyone. Additional restrictions and measures to be aware of include:
Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for waste, said: "I would like to thank residents for their patience over recent weeks whilst our household waste recycling centres have been closed.
"When the sites reopen, on 11 May, restrictions will be in place and it is very likely that queues will be much longer than usual. So, I ask everyone please to bear with us so we can ensure the safety of all site users and our staff."
I would urge everyone to think about how essential it is to travel to a site and to be aware that sites will be open seven days a week, so there is no need to rush to visit one immediately when they reopen. It will be best to wait until the likely high demand has decreased."
If you really can't wait, please be prepared for a delay, listen to the directions from staff and ensure you take note of the signage."
Unfortunately, due to the additional volumes of waste and recycling that is accumulating due to the lockdown situation and reduced capacity with our contractors, some of the waste brought to the sites will have to go to landfill."
This is something we want to avoid as it goes against our environmental policy but, unfortunately, we have no other option at the moment. Therefore, we would be grateful if additional waste and recycling could be kept safely at home until we are out of this temporary situation. This would benefit the environment in the longer term."
Residents are reminded that all normal collections for household waste, garden and food waste and recycling collections are still operating and have been throughout the whole of the Covid-19 crisis."
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the crews for their tireless hard work and determination to keep our collections going. This includes all staff who have joined crews from other areas of the council to ensure residents have an uninterrupted service."
Information and reminders about the reopening of the sites will feature on our social media pages.