Sheringham Recycling Centre will become the ninth to reopen in Norfolk following the success of eight centres that reopened last week.
On Friday, May 22, the Sheringham Recycling Centre will reopen to the public having closed on 24 March and becomes the second in the North Norfolk District Council area after Hempton Recycling Centre, which opened on May 11.
A Norfolk Council Council spokesman said the public had made a massive contribution to the success of the reopening process by following the advice on site and traffic management around the sites, all designed to keep staff and the public safe. Mile Cross, Dereham and Caister have been the busiest sites but all the centres have been running smoothly and effectively.
The eight reopened sites have been able to receive up to around 2,400 visitors a day which is capped by how many vehicles can be on site at any one time under the new site layouts to allow physical distancing.
From Tuesday, May 19, restrictions were removed to enable vans and vehicles with trailers to make use of recycling centres and while larger vehicles are now allowed to visit all reopened sites, traffic will still be closely managed to avoid queues and reduce waiting times.
Andy Grant, cabinet member for environment and waste, said: “We’re so grateful for how sensibly and safely the people of Norfolk are treating the reopening of the recycling centres across the county.
“I’ve seen that firsthand when I’ve been on site myself and I can’t thank people enough for how they are approaching things. Reopening Sheringham Recycling Centre means more people across the county can make use of the service more easily.”
“As you might expect for this time of year, there has been a high volume of green waste coming through and as this is a perfect time of the year to start composting. The County Council is currently offering subsidised home composters to help make a difference (www.norfolkrecycles.com) and last week held a live Facebook event on how to compost like an expert that is well worth a watch.”
All 20 of Norfolk’s recycling centres closed on March 25, when the government restricted travel outside the home to limited essential purposes.
To manage demand and help ensure safe operations, the centres will continue to offer a restricted service and:
Require physical distancing of two metres by all customers.
Operate on a managed one in one out basis for vehicles.
Manage any build-up of traffic for people’s safety.
Only allow two adults out of a vehicle to unload their waste.
Assistance will not be offered to help empty vehicles.
Provide for the disposal and recycling of the main waste streams including green waste, general waste and charged for DIY type construction and demolition waste.
Reuse Shops remain closed.
The nine sites open when Sheringham is reopened are: Caister, Dereham, Hempton, Ketteringham, King’s Lynn, Mayton Wood, Mile Cross, Sheringham and Thetford. They are all open from 9am to 5pm every day and you can click here for more information.