TIPS will reopen for essential use only just over the border in Powys next week, with strict new rules in place.

The first two household waste and recycling centres to open on May 26 will be Brecon and Newtown, followed by Llandrindod Wells and Welshpool on Wednesday and Lower Cwmtwrch on Thursday.

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A council spokesperson said the tips are only open for residents who have accumulated waste which cannot be collected through the normal kerbside collection service and which cannot be stored safely at home until the lockdown restrictions are eased.

Non-essential use puts yourself, other members of the public and staff at risk from spreading the virus.

Do not visit if you, or anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms, you should follow government and NHS guidelines, self-isolate and stay at home.

Any personal waste, such as tissues or wipes, should be double bagged and left for 72 hours before being put out for collection in wheeled bins or purple sacks.

You may be asked to provide proof of your address before entering the site, and only cars will be allowed in.

Initially, no trade permits, or commercial vehicles or trailers permits will be allowed to help with managing demand, enforcing social distancing rules and controlling traffic levels. This will be continually under review and changed when appropriate.

Delays are expected, with a limited number of cars will be allowed onsite at any time. If there are too many people waiting to enter, you may be asked to return at a quieter time to avoid causing disruption to the highway and local communities.

Strict social distancing rules will be in place at all times. If these are breached, or you are abusive to staff, you will be asked to leave, and the police may be called.

Where possible, there should only be one person per vehicle. Only one person is allowed to leave the vehicle to unload - this means that you can only take things that can be carried by one person. Staff on site cannot help unload or carry items under any circumstances.

There will be a strict 10-minute time limit per car when on site – please segregate waste before arriving to help keep your visit short.