The Sort It recycling centre in Little Stoke will reopen with social distancing measures in place on Monday 6th July, having been temporarily closed due to the coronavirus emergency.
With the government’s social distancing rule being reduced to a minimum of one metre from Saturday, the Little Stoke site will initially reopen with temporarily extended hours of 6am to 4.30pm every day until Monday 13th July when it will revert to the normal opening hours of 8.30am to 4.30pm.
South Gloucestershire Council says it has not been possible to reopen the site before Saturday’s change to the social distancing rule – due to the size and layout of the site.
The staff from Little Stoke were redeployed to support the temporarily extended opening hours at the council’s other three Sort It sites in Mangotsfield, Thornbury and Yate, but they will now be returning to Little Stoke.
Cabinet member for communities, Cllr Rachael Hunt said:
“Now that social distancing measures have been relaxed we are pleased to be able to reopen Little Stoke Sort It recycling centre which is our final site to reopen following the coronavirus outbreak.”
“All of our sites continue to be busy, but now that we can reopen Little Stoke, we hope it will help to ease the pressure somewhat. I continue to encourage our residents to only use the sites if absolutely necessary and if you do need to visit, please sort your rubbish before you go to speed up your visit. After a difficult few months we’ve been working hard to reinstate the waste and recycling services affected by the coronavirus outbreak and I must thank our residents for their patience and for working with us throughout this period.”
With the change to the social distancing rule coming into effect, the sites will have more parking bays open for residents to use. However, they are still busy, and residents are requested to only visit if it is essential to do so.
To help keep traffic moving, trailers are not allowed at any of the sites until further notice.
Little Stoke Sort It recycling centre does not accept any plastics which can be included in household recycling collections, as well as cans, glass bottles or jars, paper, tyres, plasterboard, hardcore or rubble. There is also a 1.8m height barrier in place.
If you need to visit a Sort It recycling centre, check www.southglos.gov.uk/sortitcentres before you travel for the most up-to-date information and opening times.