Law change to make visiting an HWRC a reasonable excuse to leave your home, in England

As we informed all our members, yesterday evening: at 9.30 this morning (13 May) the UK Government amended “The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020” with  “The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020”. 

Among other important variations to the original regulations this now makes a visit the HWRC a reasonable excuse in law to leave the house.   THIS APPLIES ONLY IN ENGLAND.

The relevant part of the legislation for waste and recycling is Section 6.  This now has a new paragraph - paragraph 'n' - specifically citing the HWRC as a reasonable destination.  The section now reads:

(1) During the emergency period, no person may leave the place where they are living without reasonable excuse.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), a reasonable excuse includes the need:

      (n) to use a waste or recycling centre

Link to the Amendment

There is no definition of what a waste and recycling centre is within the amended regulations so potentially it could be considered to include bring sites as well as HWRCs.

If we do receive any more clarification from Defra we will pass this on directly to our members. 

This new piece of legislation is now listed in the Defra page of our official waste-related advice and guidance lists on the Useful Documents page of which lists guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.