Wingecarribee Shire Council is reminding residents that the Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) remains open for essential business.
“Over the last week we’ve witnessed a significant influx of patrons through the gates of the RRC,” said Council’s Deputy General Manager of Operations, Finance and Risk, Mr Barry Paull.
“We understand that there are a lot more people at home than usual and they’re possibly using this extra time to tidy up around the house,” he said.
“But as per the advice from our State and Federal Governments, now is not the time to be out on our roads unless your trip is for essential purposes.”
Under national guidelines, only travel to school, workplaces and to shops to buy staples, for medical appointments, exercise and emergencies are considered essential reasons for travel.
Mr Paull said local businesses would be given preference at the Moss Vale Resource Recovery Centre.
“While a lot of other waste management facilities have already closed, we want to keep ours open for as long as possible to support those business operators, like builders and landscapers, that rely on the RRC for their day-to-day operations,” he said.
Mr Paull said while still open to the public, the Resource Recovery Centre had to limit customer numbers to adhere to the enforceable social distancing and crowd restriction measures.
“This means we can only have six cars in the facility at any one time and must limit interaction between staff and customers,” he said. “And as we’ve already seen this week, it also means that should numbers exceed this, customers will have to queue outside the facility and wait their turn.”
“We’d rather avoid this situation repeating and instead prioritise the facility for those local business operators who are reliant on the service for their continued trade.
“It’s for this reason that for the time being we’ll also be asking for proof of residency at the gates of the RRC to ensure that we continue to prioritise service to Highlands-based businesses,” Mr Paull added.
“We apologise for this temporary inconvenience but appreciate residents will understand the necessity to support our local businesses and tradies during these challenging days.”
Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Resource Recovery Centre is located at 177 Berrima Road, Moss Vale.
For more information visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au or contact the Resource Recovery Centre on phone 4868 0555.