MOST household waste recycling centres in Cheshire West have reopened this morning.

The centres in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Neston, Northwich, and Winsford will all open at 8am today (Tuesday, May 12) for 'essential use only'.

The recycling centre in Frodsham will open on Friday.

Opening hours will be Monday to Friday, 8am until 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 8am until 6pm.

Frodsham, Neston and Northwich centres will return to their normal opening hours on May 26.

The centre at Tattenhall remains closed.

Chester and District Standard:

The household waste recycling centre in Bumpers Lane, Chester

Long delays are expected during the first days of opening, and people are urged only to visit the recycling centres if absolutely necessary.

Cheshire West and Chester Council say: "Residents should only visit a recycling centre if the journey is absolutely necessary. This means that if items stored at home cause a health and safety risk such as injury, illness or harm to the household then the trip is essential. Otherwise, please store your waste safely at home until normal services resume."

Important COVID-19 household waste recycling centre rules:

Do not visit a site if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are in self-isolation. If you or anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms, double bag the waste and keep it at home for 72 hours before disposal.

Respect the strict two-metre distancing rule around staff and other site users.

Only visit the recycling centre if it is absolutely necessary i.e. if bulky items stored at home represent a health and safety risk.

Use your car. No vans, commercial-type vehicles or trailers allowed on site.

No pedestrian access. Do not walk onto the site.

Site employees will not be able to assist with unloading your vehicle due to social distancing. Please make sure you are able to lift items and carry them to a skip safely yourself or bring another member of your household with you to help.

Put your waste in the correct skip, do not mix waste or fly tip.

Anyone using abusive language or intimidating behaviour towards site staff or other site visitors will be asked to leave.

Make your visit to the recycling centre easier:

Long delays and queues are likely. Please assess if your journey really is essential.

Do not travel to a site in a van, commercial vehicle or with a trailer, you will not be allowed to enter.

The number of vehicles allowed on site at any one time will be restricted due to social distancing, and queuing times will be significantly higher. So please assess if your journey really is essential.

Waste must be separated before travelling to the site.

Please wear gloves if possible to reduce the risk of infections.