Councils working to re-open recycling centres by 1 June

Monday 18 May 2020

Scotland’s councils are working towards re-opening recycling centres by 1 June.

The announcement comes after Scotland’s council leaders, including Inverclyde Council Leader, Councillor Stephen McCabe, met online on Friday.

Councillor McCabe, said: “The restrictions have been in place to support the national lockdown and to make sure that we can maintain the services we are able to deliver during this health crisis.  All Scottish councils have been working on the planning for how services re-open and we work towards recovery.  Clearly any service, whenever it re-opens will need to adhere to the social and physical distancing rules in place at that time and arrangements will need to be flexible to move up or down to be responsive to the needs of the community. Any easing of restrictions needs to be carefully managed to make sure that residents and employees are safe and in line with agreed guidance between Scotland’s councils and the Scottish Government”

Councillor Steven Heddle, COSLA’s Environment and Economy Spokesperson said:  “Leaders agreed that Local Authorities will plan for the reopening of Household Waste Recycling Centres on 1 June. The reopening of sites depends on receiving assurance that this will not negatively impact the Covid-19 infection rate and will be consistent with national travel advice.

“There will also be local considerations including the need to maintain physical distancing for staff and members and public which will determine whether and to what extent individual sites will be able to reopen. The intent behind this decision is to provide a level of coordination across Scotland, to avoid a disjointed approach which could lead to confusion, and to ensure access to Household Waste Recycling Sites is managed to best ensure the safety of both staff and the public.  We are working closely with the Scottish Government and partners on this and are drawing up guidance.”

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