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Recycling centre restriction relaxed

3:32pm - 24 July 2020

The limit of one visit a month to North Somerset's recycling centres is being relaxed from Monday (27 July).

However, North Somerset Council is urging residents to continue to limit their visits to the centres where possible. Due to social distancing sites still have a limited capacity to ensure the safety of both staff and residents.

The limit on visits was put in place as part of a 'fair usage' approach and allowed the three centres at Weston-super-Mare, Portishead and Backwell to re-open safely following their closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The number plate system with odd and even numbers allowed on different days will remain in place at all three centres. Residents should check the council website at for the opening hours at each centre and familiarise themselves with the rules in place.

"I would like to thank everyone for their patience and support in following the restrictions put in place to give everyone the chance to visit the centres when they re-opened," said Cllr Bridget Petty, the council's executive member for the environment and climate emergency.

"We can now relax the fair usage restriction, but we are asking residents to continue to act responsibly and limit visits to the recycling centres where possible reducing the demand on the sites and the carbon emissions from car journeys.

"Portishead, in particular, is very busy with people often queuing to get in at peak times. To avoid this residents should make use of the extended summer opening hours where possible."

Residents can help by:

  • only visiting a recycling centre when absolutely necessary
  • maximising visits by fully packing their car
  • separating recyclable items from non-recyclable before leaving home
  • making use of the longer summer opening hours currently in place.