Eight recycling sites to reopen

Just Regional
May 7, 2020 4 mins read

Norfolk County Council is reopening eight of its larger recycling centres on Monday, May 11, so that householders can dispose of waste and recycling that may have built up at home and has started to pose a health and safety risk.

All 20 of Norfolk’s recycling centres have been closed since March 25, when the government restricted travel outside the home to limited essential purposes, and Norfolk County Council has been working with its contractors – NEWS and FCC Environment who operate the sites – on the reopening plan that is in line with government guidelines and legislation to prevent the spread of covid-19.

Two of those reopening are Mayton Wood, at Little Hautbois, near Coltishall, and Mile Cross in Norwich.

The Mile Cross recycling centre in Norwich is one of the eight being reopened from Monday.

To manage demand and help ensure safe operations, the centres will offer a restricted service with rules including:

social distancing of two metres by all customers

a managed one-in-one-out basis for cars

allowing only two adults out of a car to unload their waste

offering no assistance to help empty cars

restrictions to cars and car-derived vans only to manage demand on the service

provision for the disposal and recycling of the main waste streams including green waste, general waste and charged for DIY type construction and demolition waste

Andy Grant, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for environment and waste, said: “Firstly a massive thank-you to everybody across Norfolk that has done their bit to help by managing their waste and recyclables as best they can at this most challenging of times. I know that with people spending so much time at home and the weather improving, it may be difficult for residents to deal with the build-up of waste at home without it starting to be a problem, so we are using the staff we have available to reopen eight of our largest recycling centres.

“However, in line with the government’s advice to stay at home, people should only make a journey to the recycling centre if their waste or recycling cannot safely be stored at home. And if you or anyone in your household has covid-19 symptoms you must not visit a centre at all.

“To protect the health and safety of our customers, staff and the wider community we’re taking careful measures to ensure the service isn’t overwhelmed when we reopen. This is why, in the first instance, we are inviting cars and car-derived vans only on to the sites.

“We need the public’s help to respect the social distancing requirements on site, to follow the directions of staff on sites and to be patient as the centres are likely to be extremely busy with only a limited number of cars allowed on site at any one time and queues should be expected.

“We are restricting the materials accepted based on the availability of transport and whether the companies that deal with the collected material are open for business – so please follow the directions of staff on site as the options available may not be what people are used to.

“And as a top tip, try and avoid visiting sites during the busy periods which are usually weekends and mornings and most importantly of all, please follow any advice given by centre staff.”

The eight sites re-opening are at Caister, Dereham, Hempton, Ketteringham, King’s Lynn, Mayton Wood, Mile Cross and Thetford and they will be open from 9am to 5pm.

For site information and guidance on using Norfolk County Council recycling centres during covid-19 visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingupdates  

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