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From 18 May local authorities will open some household waste and recycling centres.

You should only go to your local recycling centre if it is essential and you cannot safely store your waste and recycling at home.

You must:

  • not visit a recycling centre if you or any of your household has symptoms of COVID-19 or is shielding from COVID-19
  • observe social distancing rules while at the centre

Before travelling check the opening hours of recycling centres with your local authority. They will also be able to tell you about any restrictions at their centres.

Queues are likely at recycling centres due to the limits on the number of people allowed on site at any one time.

What to do if your local centre is closed

If your local centre is not open you should use regular waste collections or check if your local authority can collect large or bulky items.

You must not dispose of household waste in a way that will cause pollution or harm people’s health. This includes fly-tipping and burning household waste.