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Covid 19: Kent’s Household Waste & Recycling Centres to open

May 13th 2020

From next Friday, Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will open to the public for essential use.

On Wednesday, May 13, people will be able to book a slot to use one of the county’s 18 HWRCs which closed on March 23 as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.

People can book a slot either online or by phone for the opening on Friday, May 15 - details on how to book will be released next week.

KCC Cabinet Member for Environment Susan Carey said: “I know how valued our waste and recycling sites are to the people of Kent and I am immeasurably proud of the work our waste team has put in to getting these sites reopened.

“The booking system, which was developed by Medway Council, is crucial to ensure we can keep visitor numbers at a level where social distancing can be maintained and minimise queuing.

“Our focus over the last few weeks has been in ensuring kerbside collections provided by district and borough councils continued, and our teams were redeployed to support those crews.

“Kerbside collections across Kent are now all, or about to be, fully reinstated by the districts and boroughs, including garden waste services.”

The sites will be open to the public between 9am and 3pm to allow for enhanced cleaning.

Most sites will be open seven days a week and will accept all types of waste including chargeable items.

Susan added: “Government advice is that residents should continue temporarily storing their waste at home, if they can do so in a way that doesn’t pose a risk to their health.

“If, however, waste and recycling cannot be stored at home without causing risk of injury, health or harm, please book a trip to your local HWRC.”

Residents can only book one trip in any four-week period to allow all residents to have access to sites and must follow social distancing guidelines.

Social distancing proved impossible to maintain prior to closure as visitor numbers topped 800 visits a day.

KCC operates 18 HWRCs, providing facilities for the recycling and disposal of more than 30 different types of waste.

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