This is when Scottish councils will reopen household waste plants

Household waste recycling plants have been closed since the beginning of the lockdown.

Councils across Scotland have agreed a date to reopen household waste recycling plants, after they were shut to comply with lockdown rules in March.

Leaders of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities said members would plan for the reopening of sites across Scotland on Monday, June 1.

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The group's environment spokesman, Cllr Steven Heddle, said the restart was conditional on assurances that doing so would not “negatively impact” Scotland’s coronavirus infection rate.

Leaders of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities said members would plan for the reopening of sites across Scotland on Monday, June 1.

In a statement, Cllr Heddle said: “The reopening of sites depends on receiving assurance that this will not negatively impact the Covid-19 infection rate and will be consistent with national travel advice.

“There will also be local considerations including the need to maintain physical distancing for staff and members of the public which will determine whether and to what extent individual sites will be able to reopen.

“The intent behind this decision is to provide a level of coordination across Scotland, to avoid a disjointed approach which could lead to confusion, and to ensure access to Household Waste Recycling Sites is managed, to best ensure the safety of both staff and the public.

“We are working closely with the Scottish Government and partners on this and are drawing up guidance,” he finished.

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