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Three further Recycling Centres to reopen across Norfolk

27 May 2020

Three more Norfolk Recycling Centres are to open on Thursday 28 May bringing the total to twelve sites across the County.

Ashill, Strumpshaw and Heacham Recycling Centres are to reopen on Thursday, operating under the same physical distancing measure in place at other sites in Norfolk. This follows on from the re-opening of Sheringham Recycling Centre on Friday 22 May and the first eight sites a week prior to that.

The re-opening of Sheringham Recycling Centre has further shown that the sites can be operated safely and efficiently while maintaining physical distancing. While busy, site users have shown patience and cooperation as operations at the sites has resumed, and we’re grateful to all residents who have made use of the sites in this way. Garden waste continues to be the most popular material being brought to the sites which is usual for this time of year, particularly after a warm bank holiday weekend.

Cllr Andy Grant, Cabinet member for Environment and Waste said “We’re delighted to announce the opening of three more Recycling Centres across Norfolk, and know that the public will continue to make use of these sites in a responsible and safe manner. Our staff have worked incredibly hard to make the reopening of the sites possible, both those on the frontlines and the many that aren’t seen behind the scenes.”

It is hoped that two further sites, Worstead and Morningthorpe, will be able to open towards the end of next week as soon as planning is completed for the changes that physical distancing and traffic management places on the sites.

Whilst the aim is to get back to the normal services offered as quickly as possible, there are some changes that customers should be aware of and we apologise for any inconvenience these are causing. To manage demand and help ensure safe operations, the centres will continue to offer a restricted service and:

  • Require physical distancing of two metres by all customers
  • Operate on a managed one in one out basis for vehicles, with a limited number on site at one time
  • Manage any build-up of traffic for people’s safety
  • Only allow one adult out of a vehicle to unload their waste, unless the item is large or heavy and requires a second member of the household
  • Assistance will not be offered to help empty vehicles
  • Provide for the disposal and recycling of all the main waste streams including green waste, general waste and charged for DIY type construction and demolition waste
  • Reuse Shops remain closed

The twelve sites open from Thursday 28 May are:

Caister, Dereham, Hempton, Ketteringham, King’s Lynn, Mayton Wood, Mile Cross, Sheringham and Thetford, Ashill, Strumpshaw and Heacham

Open: 9am - 5pm

From 1 June Mile Cross Recycling Centre only will increase opening hours to 9am-7pm seven days a week.

For site information and guidance on using Norfolk County Council recycling centres during Covid-19 visit

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