WITH Christmas being little more than a fortnight ago, many families would usually be considering a trip to the tip.

But with the Government announcing the third national lockdown on Monday, Cheshire’s councils have announced how their household waste recycling centres will operate in the weeks ahead.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has confirmed its household waste recycling centres – including in Northwich and Winsford – will remain open.

However, residents should only travel to the tip for essential reasons and be patient to ensure social distancing can be maintained, while a proof of residency will need to be shown to staff at the site.

Cllr Louise Gittins, CWAC leader, said: “We are doing everything possible to continue to deliver vital services to support the borough.

“Stay safe, be kind and above all let's all play our part to turn this around during these challenging times.”

Meanwhile, Knutsford and Middlewich’s tips also remain open, Cheshire East Council has confirmed.

The sites are using a ‘one in, one out’ system, and social distancing rules mean staff cannot assist with lifting items.

Visitors to these sites should also bring a proof of Cheshire East residency, while no more than two people should be in the car, and children are not allowed on-site.

A CEC spokesman said: “All of our sites are open and we plan to keep them open during lockdown.

“But we are waiting for further government clarification and will advise residents of any changes that may be necessary.”

The opening hours for both Winsford and Northwich recycling centres are 8am to 4pm, while Knutsford and Middlewich tips are open from 8.30am to 4pm.

Winsford, Middlewich and Knutsford recycling centres are open seven days a week, while Northwich’s tip is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.