King's Lynn site among eight Norfolk tips to re-open from Monday after coronavirus shutdown
Norfolk County Council has this evening announced plans to re-open some of its recycling centres from next week.
Eight sites across the county, including those at Lynn and Hempton, near Fakenham, will be operating again from Monday, May 11.
But officials have warned that services will still be restricted and residents should only visit if they cannot safely store waste at their homes.
All 20 recycling centres across the county have been shut since March 25, because of the coronavirus outbreak, and there have been calls for Norfolk County Council to follow other authorities in moving to resume services.
Last week, the local government secretary Robert Jenrick called for sites to be re-opened. However, County Hall officials said they were awaiting updated guidance before proceeding.
Andy Grant, the authority's cabinet member for environment and waste, said this evening: "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.
"We are using the staff we have available to re-open 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."
Several additional measures will be in place to ensure the service can be managed safely, including:
Social distancing of two metres for all customers
A managed one in one out basis system for cars
Only two adults to be allows out of a car to unload their waste
No assistance to help empty cars
Aiming the service at cars and car derived vans only to manage demand, and
Providing for the disposal and recycling of the main waste streams including green waste, general waste and charged for DIY type construction and demolition waste.
Mr Grant warned that the options available to visitors may not be what they are used to and urged them to follow the directions of staff.
He also urged people to avoid visiting during mornings and weekends, when the centres are usually busier.
The sites at Caister, Dereham, Hempton, Ketteringham, Lynn, Mayton Wood, Mile Cross and Thetford will be open from 9am to 5pm each day.