Derbyshire County Council issue warning to residents following increase in people visiting recycling centres in lockdown

Derbyshire County Council has urged people to only make essential journeys, in line with current Covid-19 restrictions following an increase in residents visiting recycling centres.

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 9:54 am
Updated Saturday, 20th March 2021, 9:54 am

The local authority said in a Tweet posted today (March 20) that there was a particular spike in visitors at centres across the county at weekends.

In the post, the council asked residents to ‘please remember that government guidance is still in place’ which stipulates that ‘you must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary’.

While all nine of the Derbyshire’s household waste recycling centres remain open seven days a week, the local authority stipulates they should only be used by visitors for items ‘that you absolutely have to get rid of’.

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A worker disinfects the handrails to the staircase leading to the waste bins. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Social distancing measures are in place at the sites which means it is likely residents will have to queue before entering – but people should avoid queuing on main roads.

The county council also asks visitors to sort their waste into different types before they arrive to save time and avoid busy periods if possible such as weekends between 10am and 4pm.

Only one person should get out of each car so residents are reminded to only take waste that they can comfortably carry – as help to carry waste at sites will only be provided inn emergency situations.

Visitors are required to wear a face covering, sanitise their hands before arrival and as they leave and should stay at home if they have coronavirus symptoms.

Waste is only accepted from Derbyshire residents.

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