Hampshire County Council has announced that more booking slots will soon become available across its recycling centres.

Councillor Rob Humby, deputy leader and executive member for economy, transport and environment said all 24 tips under the county's control will continue to adhere to Government guidance on social distancing

“With Covid safe measures in place at HWRCs, capacity has inevitably been reduced, and so we have had to change the way people visit the sites to manage demand," he said.

"The new booking system is achieving what it set out to do, eliminating the lengthy traffic queues which were causing problems for others.

"I do appreciate this is an extra step people need to take to visit an HWRC and would like to thank Hampshire residents for their patience."

Across the 24 sites, a total of 5,000 extra booking slots will be available each day.

"This will be done by allowing more people to book in during each half hour slot," Cllr Humby added.

"I’ve also taken on board feedback that being able book a week ahead would be helpful, so we are increasing advance booking slot availability to allow people to book up to seven days in advance.

“I would continue to urge people to think about how to waste less if they can such as by composting food and garden waste, or upcycling or donating unwanted items.”

Bookings for HWRCs can be made online at: www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/recyclingcentres/book-appointment

Bookings are limited to one slot per household per week and anyone turning up without a confirmed booking will not be allowed entry to the site.