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Norfolk County Council 'awaiting guidance on recycling site opening'

Norfolk County Council says it is waiting for new guidance before it draws up plans to re-open its recycling centres.

The sites have been shut for several weeks because of the coronavirus crisis.

But local government secretary Robert Jenrick told MPs he wanted that to change soon.

A household waste recycling centre (33977031)
A household waste recycling centre (33977031)

Speaking at his departmental questions yesterday, he said: "I am asking councils to plan the organised reopening of household waste collection sites.

"I expect this to happen over the coming weeks, and I will be publishing amended guidance shortly."

In response to that, a county council spokesman said this morning: “We look forward to the updated guidance on reopening recycling centres and remain mindful of the current Government restrictions on essential travel.

"In the meantime, we appreciate all the efforts householders are taking to do the right thing with their waste and we apologise for the inconvenience the site closures is causing.

"This decision was made to help protect lives in this most challenging of times.”

The closure has prompted fears in some parts of the country of an increase in flytipping, although officials here have stressed that is not the case.

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