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27 August 2015

Be aware of busy Bank Holiday weekend at Household Recycling Centres

The Bank Holiday weekend has always been a particularly busy time to visit the HRCs, so we would encourage people to plan ahead and be aware that the sites are likely to be particularly busy throughout this weekend

Toby Sturgis, cabinet member with responsibility for strategic planning, property, waste and strategic housing

The summer bank holiday is traditionally one of the busiest times for Household Recycling Centres (HRCs), and members of the public are being warned that sites are likely to be extremely busy this weekend.

HRCs' opening hours are now 10am to 4pm on each day they are open. All sites are open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, which are the days when usage is at its highest, along with two additional days each week.

These additional days are on the same days each week for individual sites but will vary from site to site, in order to ensure that residents have access to at least one household recycling centre within their area (north, south, east or west Wiltshire) seven days a week.

In recent weeks some people have had to queue in order to use their HRC during what is always a busy summer period and while residents are adjusting to the new opening hours. The main queues have built up before the new opening time of 10am. People are advised to not turn up at an HRC site before 10am, in order to prevent queues building up. People are also advised to visit the website at Wiltshire.gov.uk to ensure they are familiar with the new arrangements before setting off. We would like to thank site users for their patience during this period of adjustment.

Toby Sturgis, cabinet member with responsibility for strategic planning, property, waste and strategic housing, said: "The Bank Holiday weekend has always been a particularly busy time to visit the HRCs, so we would encourage people to plan ahead and be aware that the sites are likely to be particularly busy throughout this weekend."

For full details of opening times for each site visit: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/rubbish-and-recycling/household-recycling-centres

Residents should be aware that alternative methods of disposing of key waste types that tend to be taken to the HRCs for recycling are also available.

Cardboard is one of these key materials, so to request an additional plastic bottle and cardboard bin, order one online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/new-replacement-bins

Garden waste is another, so sign up to the new chargeable garden waste service online www.wiltshire.gov.uk/rubbish-and-recycling/gardenwaste or order a subsidised food waste digester that will also successfully compost your garden waste http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/rubbish-and-recycling/home-composting

Paper/glass/cans/textiles to obtain a second black box www.wiltshire.gov.uk/new-replacement-bins

To get old furniture re-used / recycled, donate furniture items to a local reuse charity www.wiltshire.gov.uk/rubbish-and-recycling/large-item-collection

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