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A number of Household Recycling Centres set to re-open across the county

HRC graphic Published Thursday, 7th May 2020

Worcestershire County Council has announced that they will open 7 out of 11 Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) across the county for essential use only from Monday 11 May.

Worcestershire County Council has announced that they will open 7 out of 11 Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) across the county for essential use only from Monday 11 May.

Government guidance will be followed to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

Those who are self-isolating or are themselves or anyone in their household, showing Covid-19 symptoms must not visit a Household Recycling Centre.

The Council are asking anyone who may need to visit a Household Recycling Centre for essential use to look online at the restrictions that will be in place, and to check opening hours, before they visit.

Full details of the restrictions can be found on the Let’s Waste Less website: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/LetsWasteLessAndRecycle

Strict social distancing measures will be in place at each site and there will be a number of restrictions.

These include limiting numbers of vehicles permitted entry to the sites at any time and therefore  queues and delays are likely.

The social distancing measures at the sites will mean that staff cannot provide assistance, so make sure you are able to unload your waste unaided. 

To ensure the 2 metre rule is adhered to, access to each skip will be limited to one person at a time.

The government’s view is the journeys to Household Recycling Centres must only be undertaken if your waste or recycling cannot be stored at home without causing risk of injury, health or harm, and cannot be disposed of safely by other means.

If you can temporarily store your waste or recycling in a way that does not pose a risk to yours or others safety or human health, then you must do so.

Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment, said: “Where possible, we advise residents to take measures to avoid creating waste but if they do, keep it at home if it is safe to do so.  I would like to ask for the support of those who have to use the HRCs to help keep staff, other visitors and themselves safe by making sure they are aware of the social distancing and restrictions before they arrive at a site and abide by them whilst on site. These are not normal times so please be patient – the way we are operating is different from the way that we did before lockdown and it is for everyone’s safety.”

The sites to open will be:
- Bromsgrove (Quantry Lane)
- Malvern (Newlands)
- Pershore (Hill & Moor)
- Redditch (Crossgates)
- Stourport (Bonemill)
- Tenbury
- Worcester (Bilford Road).