Reopening of London's household waste and recycling centres

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

Government has published guidance for councils on the reopening of Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) – where people can recycle larger household waste items. Councils had closed these facilities to reduce non-essential journeys in line with coronavirus social distancing guidance. 

Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, said:

“London boroughs are making plans to reopen household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) as soon as possible, with the majority aiming to reopen sites from Monday 11 May.

“The safety of Londoners and borough workers is paramount, which is why HWRCs are unlikely to re-open at exactly the same time or run at full capacity due to social distancing guidelines and pressures on staff and local roads. Boroughs may also introduce new measures such as pre-booked timeslots or change opening times where necessary.

“We ask Londoners to help us keep these services running smoothly by only visiting a HWRC when it is absolutely essential, planning visits carefully by checking borough websites, practicing social distancing and good hygiene while on site and treating all HWRC workers with respect.”