A new booking system is set to be introduced at Swansea’s biggest recycling centre to help reduce waiting times for residents visiting the site.
More than 600 vehicles a day are visiting Llansamlet, the biggest and busiest of the council’s recycling centres with the Labour-led Council keen to ensure visitor safety but at the same time keep up efficiency.
Enhanced social distancing at the site means there is less space for vehicles and queues can build-up quickly causing long delays for users.
The new system, set to be introduced on 26 October, will only apply to Llansamlet with the alternative sites at Tir John, Garngoch, Penlan and Clyne remaining as they are.
Residents can book a slot quickly and easily online, or via telephone for those that do not have web access.
Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement and Infrastructure Management said the new system was similar to booking systems that have been successfully launched in other parts of Wales and are helping to make visits easier for the public.
He said: “Since lockdown’s been eased, it’s been no surprise that large numbers of people have wanted to use the service.
“It’s really important to residents and to us that people can offload their materials for recycling as quickly as possible while keeping everyone safe.
“The increase in visitors to Llansamlet has caused long queues and long waiting times at certain times during the week when it’s quiet at other times, so it makes sense to trial a booking system and see if this can improve things for residents.
“The booking system is free, really easy to use and residents can choose a half hour slot during the day they plan to visit, either online, or by telephone for those that don’t have web access. We will also be monitoring the new system closely to ensure it achieves the improvements we expect for residents.
“It’s worth residents also remembering that we have four other recycling centres in the city which provide the opportunity for households to dispose of a wide range of materials. These sites will continue to operate without a need to book.”
Wood for recycling is accepted only at Llansamlet. A large range of other materials can be recycled here and at the other four sites.
For more information and FAQs about the booking system and a full list of items accepted at each of the council’s recycling centres go to https://www.swansea.gov.uk/recyclingcentres.