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Coronavirus: Half of North Yorkshire recycling centres to re-open tomorrow

Coronavirus: Half of North Yorkshire recycling centres to re-open tomorrow

Published by Harry Long at 3:28pm 5th May 2020. (Updated at 3:46pm 5th May 2020)

Half of North Yorkshire’s household waste recycling centres will reopen tomorrow, following recent government advice.

  • Ten of North Yorkshire's 20  recycling centres will re-open tomorrow.
  • It's after recent government advice and discussions between the council and Yorwaste.
  • The council says the other sites will be opened "as soon as possible."

Arrangements have been put in place to re-open ten of the sites, where the safety of the public and centre staff can be maintained.   

Skipton and West Harrogate are two of the sites that will be re-opening.     

The decision to re-open the sites follows discussions with Yorwaste, which runs the sites for the county council.

All 20 of the County Council’s recycling sites closed temporarily in March in response to Government restrictions to protect the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The council says not all sites can be opened yet - but this will be reviewed continually with a view to opening more as soon as possible.

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Cllr Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Waste Management, said:

“I am pleased that we can move forward now, and thank residents for their support of the measures we have taken to date and in anticipation of their continued support to ensure the arrangements we are now putting in place can operate successfully. This will be the first phase of the reopening and we will work to reopen the other sites as soon as we can.”

“Please consider others and go to the HWRC only if you are struggling. If you can store your waste at home, please do so. And please continue to try to minimise waste and where possible use your kerbside collection services rather than visiting a recycling centre. Ask yourself whether your trip to the centre is really an essential journey.

“As outlined in Government guidance, a visit to your local HWRC should only be considered essential if the waste materials cannot be stored at home without causing risk of injury or harm to health.

“We want the sites to work as efficiently as they can, while prioritising the health and safety of residents and our staff, so we would ask people for their patience during the first few days of operation.”

The household waste recycling centres re-opening in North Yorkshire are:

  • Catterick Bridge, Gatherley Road, Catterick Bridge, DL10 7JD
  • Leeming Bar, Tutin Road, Leeming Bar Industrial Estate, Leeming Bar, DL7 9UJ
  • Seamer Carr, Dunslow Road, Eastfield, YO12 4QA  
  • Selby, Canal Road, Selby, YO8 8AG 
  • Skipton, Harrogate Road, Skipton, BD23 6AB
  • Sowerby, Ox Moor Plantation Lane, Sowerby, Thirsk, YO7 1FA
  • Stokesley, 8 Ellerbeck Court, Stokesley Business Park, Stokesley, TS9 5PT (the existing permit system remains in place)
  • Thornton le Dale, Outgang Lane, Thornton le Dale, YO18 7QP
  • West Harrogate, Penny Pot Lane, Harrogate, HG3 2SN
  • Whitby, Discovery Way, Whitby Industrial Estate, Whitby, YO22 4PZ 

These centres will be open seven days a week (including Wednesdays, when HWRCs are usually closed, and bank holidays) and opening hours will be 8.30am to 5pm.

A queuing system will manage vehicles entering the sites to protect staff and residents. Social distancing must be observed, with people remaining at least two metres apart at all times.