Sherborne recycling centre reopening on 2nd June

Dorset household recycling centre

Earlier this month, Dorset Council announced that they are reopening 9 out of 10 Dorset household recycling centres.

The only recycling centre which did not reopen on 11th May was the one on West Mill Lane in Sherborne, where the official reason was “highway safety reasons” and a requirement for further planning before the centre could operate safely and in line with social distancing measures.

Dorset Council has now elaborated on their statement, saying that one of the key concerns when not reopening the centre was that it shared a narrow access road with the Waste Transfer Station, where bin lorries go to drop off waste from house bin collections.

Planning has now been put in place to minimise queuing traffic to ensure that there is little or no interruption to the Waste Transfer Station.

Today, Dorset Council has announced that Sherborne’s household recycling centre will reopen on Tuesday 2nd June, but with some big changes on how it operates and where you wait.

First of all, anyone wishing to drop off waste at Sherborne’s household recycling centre should not drive to the centre itself. Instead, you should go to the Terrace Playing Fields car park, which is south of Sherborne, at Dancing Hill.

Workers will provide you with a paper ticket that has a number, and when your number is called, you will be allowed to proceed to the household recycling centre. You will only be let into the centre if you have your paper ticket with you.

The opening hours of the centre and car park are 9am to 6pm, every day. However, Dorset Council urges residents to not arrive at the Terrace Playing Fields car park early.

It’s important to note that social distancing measures are still in place and everyone is expected to follow these rules. Therefore, if other users are disposing of waste into a certain bin, you should give them the right of way and keep a safe 2 metres apart.

Further guidance is as follows:

  • Only travel to a HRC if the waste poses a risk of injury, health or harm.
  • Check that your HRC is open on the day you plan to travel.
  • Expect significant delays and long queues. Stay in your vehicle while queuing.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists are not permitted.
  • Do not arrive at the site early.
  • You should not visit a centre if you feel unwell.
  • You must follow social distancing guidance/rules.
  • HRC staff will not be able to assist you with carrying or unloading any items.
  • Only one person should leave the vehicle to unload waste.
  • Double-bag all household waste and leave outside for 72 hours before taking the waste to a HRC.
  • Only bring 2 waste types per visit (eg. garden and black bag).
  • Re-use areas are closed.
  • Charges on certain items/types apply as usual.
  • Do not touch your face on your way home. Wash your hands as soon as you arrive at your destination.

A statement from Dorset Council reads:

We’ve been working hard planning how we can re-open Sherborne HRC without disrupting kerbside collections and I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sherborne Town Council for their help in finding a solution that works for everyone.

If you do need to visit Sherborne HRC, be prepared for delays. We’ll have friendly employees and volunteers at both sites to let you know what you must do.

We will get things back to normal when visitor numbers drop to manageable levels and/or social distancing restrictions are relaxed. In the meantime, we kindly ask everyone to have patience and understanding while these temporary arrangements are in place.

Councillor Tony Alford, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services
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