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Kent household waste recycling centres to have longer opening hours and more visits to tips allowed from July 13

Increased opening hours, more available bookings and the chance to secure a slot a month in advance will all come into force at Kent's rubbish tips tomorrow.

The county council has revealed a number of revisions to the services on offer at household waste recycling centres.

Two trips each month to the tip will be allowed from Monday
Two trips each month to the tip will be allowed from Monday

From tomorrow (Monday), all 18 sites run by the authority will be open seven days a week, and opening hours will increase to 8:30am to 3:45pm.

Residents can now book two slots each calendar month per household to rid themselves of waste, rather than the previous limitation of one visit.

Overall, the number of booking slots available across the tips will rise from 22,000 per week to 32,000.

Those wanting to plan ahead can now secure a time slot for their visit a month in advance, with new openings being added each day.

As before, once a booking has been confirmed, the council will send out a reference number via email which must be used when visiting the recycling centre.

Canterbury Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Vauxhall Road, closed due to Covid-19. Picture: Chris Davey. (38311935)
Canterbury Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Vauxhall Road, closed due to Covid-19. Picture: Chris Davey. (38311935)

Visitors to the tip are advised to wear protective gloves and continue to adhere to social distancing rules.

Anyone disposing of waste thought to be potentially contaminated with Covid-19 must double bag the material and store the bag securely for 72 hours before taking it to the tip.

Meanwhile, the three recycling centres run by Medway Council will continue with the existing set-up in place. No revisions to the timetables have yet been announced.

To book a slot at a KCC-run centre, click here. For Medway, click here.

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