Parkes and Peak Hill waste facilities to reopen for residents

REOPENING: The Parkes Shire Council's tip in Parkes will be accessible to residents as of September 14 after previously being shut due to COVID-19. Photo: SUPPLIED.
REOPENING: The Parkes Shire Council's tip in Parkes will be accessible to residents as of September 14 after previously being shut due to COVID-19. Photo: SUPPLIED.

In good news for Parkes residents, the council has decided to reopen the Parkes and Peak Hill tips.

The Parkes Shire Council has been consistently reviewing the State Government Health Orders and monitoring advice from the Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Authority to assist in reopening the two waste facilities.

It has been determined that subject to a number of COVID-safe operations, these facilities can reopen to the general public as of tomorrow - Tuesday September 14.

This reopening will be done in a safe and staged way to protect the Parkes community and the council's staff and contractors.

Please note that the council cannot interpret whether or not the police will classify your trip as a valid excuse to leave home.

The regular hours of operation will apply however specific controls will be in place to protect the users and staff/contractors onsite.

Controls in place

  • Queuing on the access road prior to the weighbridge will be required. Waiting points will be marked and access beyond the weighbridge will be controlled to restrict numbers of vehicles on the transfer bay apron
  • Only two vehicles will be able to access the transfer bay apron at any one time
  • Only two transfer bays will be open. This will assist in providing the objective of safe distancing
  • Council asks that only one person leave their vehicle when dropping off waste or recycling to minimise contact

Visitors

  • Their obligation to wear a mask, in line with public health orders
  • All people stay at least 1.5 metres away from others
  • The public should not visit the facility if they are sick or feel unwell
  • Ensure that all visitors use the QR code system provided at the weighbridge

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