Recycling hours to be cut

PEOPLE are being reminded that the opening hours of a household waste recycling centre are set to change next week in a bid to boost its efficiency.

The centre in Burn Road, Hartlepool, is currently open to the public seven days a week from 8am to 7.30pm, between April and October and from 8am to 6pm, between November and March.

But from next Tuesday, it will continue to open at 8am, but the closing times will be brought forward to 5.30pm, from April to October and to 4.30pm, between November and March.

The centre is operated by J and B Recycling on behalf of Hartlepool Borough Council, which has been monitoring the usage at the site.

Fiona Srogi, the council’s waste management team leader, said: “By consolidating the opening hours in the way that is proposed, more staff will be available during the busiest times of the day to help members of the public and maximise the amount of waste that is recycled.”

Council officials say usage has fallen since the launch of a clampdown on traders who often try to use the site to avoid paying tipping fees waste at authorised treatment facilities.