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Household recycling centres to reopen for bookings only

Hempsted Recycling Centre

Gloucestershire's two largest household recycling centres will reopen in a limited capacity from Monday.

The sites at Hempsted in Gloucester and Wingmoor Farm at Stoke Orchard, near Cheltenham, have been closed since March 24 as part of the Government's coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

But following updated government advice, ahead of potential easing of the restrictions, the centres will reopen on May 11 for essential, pre-booked trip.

The latest guidance says waste should only be taken to the recycling centres if it cannot be stored safely at home and no alternative disposal options are available.

Hempsted and Wingmoor will open first because their large size and long access roads allow for traffic to be more easily controlled.

Councillor Nigel Moor, Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet member responsible for waste, said: "It's great that we are now in a position to reopen some of our household recycling centres.

"I hope reopening them will make life a little bit easier for some.

"I'd ask people to be patient while we step up the system, so we can make sure that this is safe for our staff and for visitors."

To limit the number of people on site, booking slots will be made available and vehicles should only have drivers unless a maximum of one passenger is needed to help unload the vehicle.

Bookings can only be made online with a limited number of timed slots available each day and only a seven-day window will be available to book at any one time. Bookings can only be made online.

As site staff need to social distance so will not be able to help with unloading.

Social distancing at two metres will be strictly enforced and anyone with COVID-19 symptoms and those in self-isolating households must not visit.

The re-use shops are closed and some recycling bins may be unavailable.

Once the initial trial is completed, the council hopes to open further recycling centres across the county in the coming weeks.

You can book a slot at the recycling centres here.

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