Recycling centres across East Devon and Exeter have been shut until further notice following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a UK coronavirus lockdown.
Devon County Council (DCC) has made the move with immediate effect today (Tuesday, March 24) as part of temporary restrictions around the country to curb the Covid-19 outbreak.
The authority had yesterday issued a plea to the public to only use the facilities if ‘absolutely necessary’ – telling over-70s to stay away.
Queues of traffic were seen around many of the hubs in East Devon on Monday as staff limited access at their gates.
Residents have been told to avoid clear-outs, use kerbside collections where possible, and to leave grass cuttings on there lawns.
DCC has shut all 19 of its recycling centres until further notice.
This includes those in Exmouth, Sidmouth and Honiton, as well as Exton Road and Pinbrook Road in Exeter.
It has advised residents wishing to dispose of waste that they can:
- Use existing kerbside collection services for recycling any materials that can be accepted;
- Home compost;
- Leave grass cuttings on the lawn where they will mulch down to provide nutrients;
- Hire a skip/Hippo bag or similar;
- Avoid projects that generate waste (eg postpone clearing out your garage/shed or doing your garden makeover);
- Store your waste at home until the restrictions are lifted.
Councillor Andrea Davis, cabinet member for development, infrastructure and waste, said: “Following the Prime Minister’s announcement being put in place, we have had to close all our recycling centres.
“I apologise for the inconvenience this may cause but the regular kerbside waste and recycling collections provided by your local district, city or borough council will continue during this difficult time and I would suggest you check their websites for any changes.”
Updates on DCC recycling services can be found here.