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Rubbish and recycling: coronavirus update

Fourteen recycling centres are open with social distancing measures in place

Before you travel to the recycling centre you should consider whether there are other alternatives like online reuse platforms that can make use of your items or whether they can be recycled at home. You may find it easier to use local council services or private waste carriers.

You should not visit a recycling centre if any of the following applies to you:

  • Extremely vulnerable and are remaining at home for shielding purposes
  • Symptomatic with coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • In a 14-day household isolation

If you are in self-isolation, have Covid-19 symptoms, or if you have been in recent contact with someone else with symptoms, you must not visit our recycling centres under any circumstances.

Plan to re-open Norfolk’s recycling centres

We have opened fourteen recycling centres so far and are working hard in order to open others on a case-by-case basis as soon as it is safe to do so.

The new social distancing guidelines mean we have to make changes to the sites, and this is especially challenging at our smaller part-time centres (Bergh Apton, Docking, Snetterton, Wells-next-the-sea and Wereham), therefore these will be the last to re-open.

For these reasons, and due to reduced staffing levels because of coronavirus, we are not able to give a timetable for re-opening individual centres, but we are doing everything we can to put in place the changes needed so that they can re-open safely in the coming weeks.

The fourteen recycling centres that have re-opened are below.

The rest remain closed – as listed on our recycling closures page

Before you visit

There is no pedestrian access to our Mile Cross Recycling Centre. However, if you have no alternative option of visiting our recycling centre, please contact our customer service centre on 0344 800 8020 or email us at information@norfolk.gov.uk to make a special arrangement.

Make sure you wear sensible clothing, gloves and footwear. You do not need to wear a mask, unless Government advice changes. Initially, to control numbers, our centres re-opened to cars only but we have lifted the restrictions and all types of vehicle are now permitted entry.

As there are likely to be queues, please avoid the beginning and end of the day when it is busiest.The recycling centres will close at 5pm (Mile Cross Recycling Centre at 7pm) promptly and all vehicles will need to be clearing the site by this time.

Waste we are not accepting

We are currently unable to accept the following at any of our recycling centres:

  • Items for the reuse shop
  • Textiles 
  • Clothing (as these are currently not being collected from the centres. Some other materials may also be restricted)

We are currently unable to accept the following at these recycling centres:

  • Engine oil – Sheringham Recycling Centre

Social distancing

We have made changes so we can maintain social distancing on our sites. This is for your own safety and the safety of our staff.

  • We will be allowing smaller numbers of vehicles onto sites than normal. If queuing outside the site becomes an issue, we may ask some visitors to come back later.
  • Staff will not be able to help you unload items.
  • Only one person can leave your vehicle at a time, unless you need help unloading something heavy

Reuse shops are closed

Reuse shops are closed. You will not be able to buy items from them or donate items.

However, compost bins, bagged compost and green bags are available to purchase from all recycling centres with the exception of Mile Cross where we are currently out of stock on bagged compost.

Payments for DIY waste

We are only able to accept card payments. Please use contactless payments if you can.

Check if a recycling centre is closed

Disposal of waste

If you have been isolating due to a suspected case of coronavirus it is important that you dispose of your waste differently to help avoid the spread of the virus.

Personal waste (such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths) should be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. Please put them aside for at least 72 hours before placing them in your usual external household waste bin.

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal. 

Waste should be stored safely and kept away from children. If you live in a building with communal waste areas you should store your waste in the way detailed above for at least 72 hours before putting the bags in the communal area. 

Hazardous waste days 2020

We hold annual free hazardous waste days when we accept certain hazardous waste items from households. The next days are scheduled for September and October 2020 but it is too early for us to confirm at this stage whether we can run the events at this time, or whether we will need to postpone or consider a different format.

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