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All of Wiltshire's household recycling centres (HRCs), bar Stanton St Quintin, will reopen on Monday 18 May with an easy to use postcode entry system to help limit the number of people on site at any time and ensure social distancing.

You will only be allowed entry to visit Wiltshire's HRCs on the days that correspond to the first part of your postcode. For example, if your postcode starts in BA12, you can only visit the sites on Monday 18 May, Wednesday 20 May, and so on, as detailed in the table on this page. You can visit any Wiltshire site you choose, so while you are limited by the days they can attend, you can visit any Wiltshire HRC on these days. Please check the opening times before setting off as all of the sites have different opening times. You may be asked to provide a proof of address in order to use the household recycling centre, so please bring it with you.

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Journeys to HRCs should only be undertaken if waste or recycling cannot be stored at home safely or disposed of safely by other means, this includes kerbside recycling collections and the bulky waste collections service. You are able to leave additional recycling at the kerbside provided it is separated properly and placed in sturdy containers. 

Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Waste, said: "It's important we do all we can to protect our staff and residents, which is why we have implemented this easy to use postcode scheme.

"People should only visit a household recycling centre on the days that correspond to the first part of their postcode, and even then, they can only dispose of waste that cannot be stored safely at home.

"There are several changes to opening hours and many other changes, so everyone should double check these before they set off for a household recycling centre."

Nine of Wiltshire's 10 HRCs will open from Monday 18 May, with Stanton St Quintin remaining closed until further notice, and several sites operating different hours until further notice.

To keep staff and residents safe, there are a significant number of changes in place to ensure social distancing at all HRCs. These changes include:

Visitors must keep at least two metres from others at all times

Only one person allowed on bin access steps at any one time

Visits are restricted to one person per car

No entry for trailers or large vans over 3.5 tonnes

The number of parking spaces on each site will be significantly reduced, with vehicles allowed on site on a ‘one in, one out' basis.

There will be no pedestrian access

HRCs cannot accept soil, rubble, plasterboard, textiles or asbestos during this initial reopening phase

Don't bring recyclable materials that can be collected through the council's kerbside recycling collection service

As we expect that sites will be much busier than normal, if you have a bulky items to depose of please consider using the our bulky household waste collection scheme instead.

Do not assume that an HRC is open before setting off. Please check the council website before making a journey to a HRC as opening hours will be changed when they reopen and may also be required to change due to issues that arise on site.