Richmondshire recycling centres revert to normal hours

Richmondshire’s household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) are now reverting to their normal opening hours.

The HWRCs have been open seven days a week, including Wednesdays, when they would normally close, for a temporary period to help clear the backlog of waste that accumulated in people’s homes during the lockdown.

Now, the sites at Leyburn and Brompton-on-Swale will revert to their normal opening hours and days of 8.30am to 5pm, six days a week and will close on Wednesdays from May 27.

Cllr Andrew Lee, executive member for waste management at North Yorkshire County Council, said: “I would like to thank the North Yorkshire residents for their understanding, and for playing their part by continuing to recycle and dispose of their waste responsibly and only visiting the sites when they can’t store their waste at home.

“All the sites that have reopened have been managed well by our contractor Yorwaste with new controls to keep the public and staff safe.”

“We encourage everyone to continue to reduce, re-use and recycle all they can, and to stay alert, control the virus and save lives.”

Details of opening times and days can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/CovidHWRC.

People are reminded not to put masks, gloves or other personal protective equipment (PPE) in their recycling.

These items cannot be recycled and should be thrown in the bin instead.

Anyone who has coronavirus symptoms or lives with someone who does, needs to take extra precautions before throwing away PPE.