Agreement on opening recycling centres

Household Waste & Recycling Centres could be reopening on 1 June after local authorities agreed on a way forward

COSLA has announced that Local Authority Household Waste Recycling Centres could be reopening on 1 June.

Cosla’s environment and economy spokesman, Councillor Steven Heddle, said that leaders agreed on Friday that local authorities will plan for their reopening next month.

Councillor Heddle said

The reopening of sites depends on receiving assurance that this will not negatively impact the Covid-19 infection rate and will be consistent with national travel advice.

There will also be local considerations including the need to maintain physical distancing for staff and members and public which will determine whether and to what extent individual sites will be able to reopen.

The intent behind this decision is to provide a level of coordination across Scotland, to avoid a disjointed approach which could lead to confusion, and to ensure access to Household Waste Recycling Sites is managed to best ensure the safety of both staff and the public.

We are working closely with the Scottish Government and partners on this and are drawing up guidance.

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