Jackie Hook

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Devon Recycling Centres to Reopen for Essential Use

by Jackie Hook on 6 May, 2020

Devon County Council is reopening its recycling centres for essential use only from Monday 11 May.

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.’

It is the first stage of what will be a phased reopening for Devon’s 19 Household Waste Recycling Centres, and is subject to any subsequent government announcements.

To protect the public and staff a series of health protection measures will be in force at each centre, including a one-in one-out policy and the two-metre social distancing guidelines.

Unfortunately, this means for the time being site staff will not be able to assist with unloading waste.

These measures are likely to cause significant delays and queues and residents are advised to postpone their visit where possible.

In addition:

• Residents displaying coronavirus symptoms, are asked not to visit the recycling centres.

• Only cars without trailers, with a maximum of two adults per vehicle, will be permitted on site.

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