Lancashire County Council will be reopening most of its recycling centres on Friday 15 May, but people will need to book an appointment before visiting.
There will also be other restrictions on how people can use the sites.
A booking system is now open, with bookings available online or by calling the council’s customer service centre on 0300 123 6781.
People will be given a 30 minute window in which to visit, with the number of appointments available being limited to allow staff to check people’s details on arrival and manage their movement around the site to ensure social distancing.
12 of the usual network of 16 sites will be reopening, with sites at Carnforth, Garstang, Haslingden, and Longridge, remaining closed.
The council is operating a slightly reduced network because each site now needs more staff to be able to operate safely and effectively. These four facilities are among the quietest in terms of visitor numbers, have easily accessible alternative facilities, or present specific challenges in terms of operating safely while maintaining social distancing. Whilst they will remain closed initially everyone will still have access to a recycling centre within reasonable reach of where they live. The council intends to learn from how the other sites operate to consider how these sites can also be reopened safely.
People are being asked to only book a visit if they have an essential need to dispose of some excess waste, as demand is expected to be very high.
There are also restrictions on how people use the sites.
The council is also highlighting that it will be enforcing a zero tolerance approach to any abuse or aggression towards staff.
Each site will open on the same days, and during the same hours, as under normal circumstances, with full details available on the council’s website.
The sites which will can be visited from Friday by anyone with an appointment are as follows: Altham, Barnoldswick, Burscough, Burnley, Chorley, Clitheroe, Farington, Fleetwood, Lytham, Lancaster, Preston, Skelmersdale.
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