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Members of the public will be asked for proof of address when recycling centres reopen next week

Members of the public will be asked to provide proof of address if they attend any of Belfast's recycling centres from next week. Picture: Mal McCann
Marie Louise McConville

MEMBERS of the public will be asked to provide proof of address if they attend any of Belfast's recycling centres from next week.

Belfast City Council said its sites would only be open for people living in the council area.

In the first step towards the lock-down easing, recycling centres around Northern Ireland are to open from Monday.

Belfast City Council said temporary arrangements will be in place in order to protect the health and safety of staff and members of the public, and to facilitate social distancing in line with the current public health advice.

Recycling centres will open six days a week, operating Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.

Members of the public will be asked to provide proof of address as the sites.

A council spokeswoman said: "Residents are advised to expect significant queues and delays, so we are asking residents to consider if their visit is absolutely essential.

"We are appealing for residents’ cooperation with the temporary arrangements and thank them for their patience at this time."

On reopening, recycling centres will only accept bagged general waste, non-recyclable waste and black bag waste. It will also accept garden waste but no garden furniture or machinery.

It will also accept glass bottles and jars and cardboard.

Vans or trailers will not be permitted access and the number of vehicles on site at any one time will be restricted.

Members of the public will be responsible for unloading their own waste to maintain social distancing from staff.

Any member of the public who is self-isolating or has symptoms of Covid19 is asked not to visit a recycling centre.

Civic amenity sites at Agnes Street on the Cregagh Road and Springfield Road remain closed.

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