Leyburn household recycling centre to reopen

Leyburn household waste recycling centre (HWRC) is to reopen tomorrow.

The site is one of four more centres to open again. Burniston, Settle and Tholthorpe are also reopening.

The recycling centre at Brompton-on-Swale has already reopened.

All 20 of the county council’s centres closed temporarily in March in response to Government restrictions to protect the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Officials say all sites have been structured to operate within the guidelines and maintain the safety of the public and centre staff.

The county council said that for safety reasons, the remaining six sites (Northallerton, Ripon, Malton, Tadcaster, Harrogate (Stonefall) and Wombleton cannot be opened at this time because of their size, layout and difficulty with highway safety, but this will be reviewed continually with a view to opening more as soon as possible.

Cllr Andrew Lee, executive member for waste management, said: “I am pleased that we continue to move forward, and thank residents for only visiting the sites when they feel it is essential.

“The ten HWRCs that re-opened on Wednesday 6 May have managed to operate well with new controls to keep the public and staff safe. We would like to remind residents that we are currently unable to accept trailers or commercial customers at any of the sites.

“We want the sites to work as efficiently as they can, while prioritising the health and safety of residents and our staff.”

Officials say that social distancing must be observed, with people remaining at least two metres apart at all times.

Hand sanitising facilities at sites are limited, so people are advised to wear gloves on site and are reminded to wash their hands before and after attending an HWRC.

The county council said that restrictions were in place for some vehicles and types of waste and users were advise to check before they set off.

For the full list of HWRC’s open across the county and full details can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/CovidHWRC