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Household waste recycling centres in Cambridgeshire to reopen - with conditions

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Cambridgeshire’s nine household waste recycling centres are due to reopen from Monday May 11.

The county council is working with its partner Amey to ensure the sites operate safely for employees and residents visiting them, with measures to ensure social distancing.

A household waste recycling site
A household waste recycling site

The plans have been prepared with Public Health England and there will be a number of conditions imposed, including:

  • A limit to vehicle numbers on site - just as customer numbers in supermarkets are limited
  • No more than two adults to be allowed to unload any one vehicle
  • No staff assistance to unload vehicles
  • No vans or trailers that require a permit
  • Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms, or who has someone in their household, with symptoms or a diagnosis, must stay away.

Visits are advised only if waste or recycling cannot be stored at home without causing risk of injury to health or harm.

Further details concerning each of the sites, which include one in Milton, are due to be published later this week.

The move comes after local government secretary Robert Jenrick gave councils in England and Wales the green light at the weekend to plan site openings as part of a gradual easing of lockdown measures.

Each of Cambridgeshire’s household waste recycling sites has a traffic management plan, drawn up in partnership with Skanska in consultation with Cambridgeshire Constabulary, to limit the impact on roads around each site.

The sites have been closed since March 24 following the introduction of government lockdown measures.

The centres are in Alconbury, Bluntisham, March, Milton, St Neots, Thriplow, Whittlesey, Wisbech, Witchford.

Meanwhile, a phased reintroduction of green bin collections in South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge has begun today (May 4).

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