Posted: Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Bank holidays provide an opportunity to do jobs around the house, like clearing the garden or sorting the loft which result in extra waste, not to mention the bottles and cans if you’re planning a party or barbecue over the long weekend.
Now you don’t have to waste valuable time sitting in unexpected queues at the tip since Hertfordshire County Council introduced webcams at the majority of its Household Waste Recycling Centres. Residents can now log on and see how busy their local centres are before planning a trip.
Terry Hone, Executive Member for Community Safety and Waste, said: “Since we launched the webcams last month we have seen a 50% increase in visits to the website so it seems to be a welcome resource for people. Our tips receive almost 2.5 million visits every year and we know that queuing can be a problem which is why we introduced the webcams to promote stress-free trips, discourage visits at the busiest time and prevent congestion.”
Residents can also visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/hwrc to find out about opening hours at all of the 17 centres and get information about what items can be recycled on the kerbside, possibly saving a trip to the tip.
Traditionally bank holidays are busy. So if a trip to the tip is necessary, pre-sorting items into categories before arrival will also make the trip much quicker. It also means that time spent on the site is reduced, which helps queues and waiting times for other users. Avoiding peak hours such as site opening times is also advisable.