Recycling centres set to re-open for ‘essential use only’

PUBLISHED: 13:52 06 May 2020 | UPDATED: 13:52 06 May 2020

Exmouth recycling centre. Ref exe 18 18TI 2153. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth recycling centre. Ref exe 18 18TI 2153. Picture: Terry Ife

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Recycling centres in East Devon are set to re-open on Monday (May 11) for ‘essential use only’, the county council have confirmed.

The Sidmouth recycling centre that will service Sidmouth,Ottery and the surrounding area. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 8931-48-13TIThe Sidmouth recycling centre that will service Sidmouth,Ottery and the surrounding area. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 8931-48-13TI

The household waste recycling centres at Knowle Hill, Exmouth, The Bowd, Sidmouth, and Sutton Barton, near Honiton, were closed in March after the Government announced lockdown restrictions.

Devon County Council has announced the sites will re-open on Monday in the first stage of phased reactivation of the facilities.

The government has defined ‘essential use’ as waste that ‘cannot be stored without causing a risk of injury, health or harm to the resident or other members of their household’.

Residents are urged to follow government guidance and only travel to recycling centres if the waste presents a hazard and ‘cannot be legally and responsibly disposed of in other ways’.

Cllr Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for infrastructure, development and waste, added: “We understand that storing some waste for long periods may not be safe and that is why, following government guidance, we are reopening our recycling centres for essential use only.

“The safety of the public and staff is our top priority and lengthy waiting times should be expected due to the new restrictions in place.

“We ask you to avoid queuing on the public highway and if it is very busy to come back later.

“In the first instance, we ask that if people cannot store waste at home, they should use the regular kerbside collections for disposal.

“If, however, the waste is presenting a hazard and there is no other legal way of disposing of it, then they can bring it to our recycling centres.

“We are working to restore normal service as soon as it is safe to do so and we appreciate your patience at this time.”

Residents displaying coronavirus symptoms are asked not to visit the recycling centres, while only cars without trailers, with a maximum of two adults per vehicle, will be permitted on site.

To keep unloading times to a minimum, trailers, vans, pick-ups and commercial vehicles will not be granted access for the time being and payments on site must be by credit/debit card only.


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