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Coronavirus: Norfolk recycling centres to stay open during lockdown

Recycling centres in West Norfolk will remain open after the new coronavirus lockdown begins later this week, but officials say residents should consider alternative disposal methods too.

Norfolk County Council has published new guidance for people intending to use the facilities once the new stay at home order comes into force on Thursday.

The 20 recycling centres across the county will be open as normal, but Reuse shops housed at many of them will be closed.

King's Lynn Recycling Centre has reopened.
King's Lynn Recycling Centre has reopened.

And the authority's new guidance says: "Before you travel to the recycling centre you should consider whether there are other alternatives like online reuse platforms that can make use of your items or whether they can be recycled at home.

"You may find it easier to use local council services or private waste carriers."

People are being asked not to visit the centres if they are isolating, displaying Covid symptoms or are shielding.

Recycling facilities were closed for several weeks during the original lockdown in the spring and visitor numbers will continue to be limited, in order to help social distancing.

Staff will not be able to help visitors lift items and only one person at a time is permitted to leave a vehicle, unless they are dealing with particularly heavy objects.

The county council guidance adds: "Make sure you wear sensible clothing, gloves and footwear. You do not need to wear a mask, unless Government advice changes."

All types of vehicles can go to the centres and there is no need to book a time slot, although officials say visitors should avoid the beginning and end of the day, when sites are expected to be busiest.

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