Local Services Update: Bridgend Shopmobility service to close temporarily & Community recycling centres open for essential use only

The Shopmobility service in Bridgend town centre is shutting temporarily.

With a rising number of cases of Covid-19 in the area and stricter measures being introduced across Wales, the service for people with mobility issues, which is run by Bridgend County Borough Council, is set to close from Tuesday, 22 December until further notice.

Cabinet member for communities Richard Young said: “After a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the county borough and the introduction of alert level four restrictions across Wales, the decision has been taken to close the Shopmobility service temporarily.

“We will update users in the new year when the service is ready to reopen. Thanks to those who have used Shopmobility in the past couple of months – we wish you a safe and happy Christmas.”

Community recycling centres open for essential use only

Community recycling centres in Bridgend county borough are currently open as normal for essential use only. They will be closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Boxing Day.

However the reuse shop at Maesteg Recycling Centre has temporarily closed due to the Tier 4 pandemic restrictions.

Residents are reminded to recycle what they can from home using the kerbside collections or by using the council’s bulky waste collection service.

Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Richard Young, said: “There are likely to be queues at recycling centres due to limits on the number of people being allowed in at any one time. We ask residents to please be patient and respect the staff working at the centres.

“Do not go to your recycling centre if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19 or is currently shielding.

“If it is essential that you go to your local recycling centre, remember to observe social distancing and any other safety messaging in place.”

All items and materials must be sorted before entering a recycling centre.

Leaving items on the street or in parks, woodlands and fields is fly-tipping. This is a crime and could mean a fixed penalty of up to £400, or prosecution.

Residents must not dispose of household waste in a way that will cause pollution or harm people’s health. This includes burning it – burning household waste may give rise to an offence, liable to prosecution.