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Booking measures brought into force at more Cambridgeshire recycling centres

Booking measures are being brought into place at more Cambridgeshire recycling centres.
Booking measures are being brought into place at more Cambridgeshire recycling centres.

Trips to two more household recycling centres in Cambridgeshire will have to be booked in advance from next week.

Cambridgeshire County Council brought in the measures at Bluntisham, Alconbury and Thriplow from Monday (June 22), and will now extend the scheme to the Milton and St Neots sites.

It means that a slot will need to be booked to access the centres from Monday, June 29.

This is in addition to a booking system for all sites that was recently introduced for vans and trailers requiring e-permits.

The aim is to reduce traffic congestion, speed up entry times and reduce the risk of collisions around the sites.

Councillor Josh Schumann, chair of the environment and sustainability committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “We’ve been monitoring traffic levels over the past month and have listened to feedback from both users and local residents.

“The booking system for all vehicles has only been introduced where considered necessary to improve traffic flows around sites - we would like to thank everyone who has visited for their patience in allowing us to maintain Covid-19 social distancing measures on sites.

“The booking system will reduce queuing traffic and waiting times to enter sites. The booking system will run alongside an existing booking system for vehicles that require e-permits.”

It is stressed that residents should only make essential visits to household recycling centre’s if it is not possible to store waste safely at home or dispose of it through kerbside or bulky waste collections. Further government advice is available on gov.uk.

Sites are provided for the use of Cambridgeshire residents only, and all users should be prepared to show proof of address on arrival.

To book a slot online visit cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/waste-and-recycling/booking-system-for-e-permit-holders. Those without access to the website can call 0345 045 5207 for help.

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