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Keynsham recycling centre to re-open "for essential use"

The Council says decisions on which waste facilities are re-opened in the region are kept under constant review.

A major recycling centre in the South West is re-opening, but Bath and North East Somerset Council says it's only for those who "cannot safely store their waste at home."

From Wednesday 27 May, Keynsham Recycling Centre will be available for residents - allocated a specific day to visit, according to their number plate.

The Council has reminded visitors the site is for those "unable to keep their waste and recycling at home without causing a risk to their health."

People are being urged to use their kerbside collection waste facilities where possible instead.

Four vehicles will be allowed to access the facility at a time, with queues expected to be significant.

Councillor David Wood, joint cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Neighbourhood Services, said: “We know that there has been high demand from residents for recycling centres to reopen as soon as possible and we have tried to mitigate the closures by keeping kerbside collections running normally.

"However, our key priority must always be to protect the health of our residents and our staff.

“The only workable solution under current social distancing measures is to reopen our Keynsham centre strictly for essential use only, as it is the only site which operates with a one-way traffic system and has enough space to keep people two metres away from each other.

"Like most other councils, we will need to limit the number of cars unloading at any one time so we would also ask for your patience and courtesy as our staff work hard to manage the very long queues expected.”

Image credited to Matt Hutchinson
Credit: Matt Hutchinson

It has been suggested that the facility will close temporarily if traffic becomes unmanageable, or staff are subjected to aggression.

Only one person from each vehicle will be allowed to unload waste, unless specific assistance is needed with a bulky item.

The Keynsham centre will initially operate with extended opening hours of 8:00-19:30 GMT Monday to Friday, 8:00-15.45 GMT on Saturdays and 8:00-13:00 GMT on Sundays.

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