HOUSEHOLD waste and recycling centres are to open for longer as summer approaches.
Hampshire residents will have more time to recycle their household and garden items as the majority of the county-run sites will be staying open for longer from Friday.
To take advantage of the lighter evenings the centres will be open until 7pm.
During winter they shut at 4pm.
The county council has said extended opening hours for the summer months will make the waste and recycling service more accessible to householders at what is traditionally the start of the busier seasons of the year for them.
Councillor Mel Kendal, who is in charge of environment matters for the county council, said: ‘Household Waste Recycling Centres are one of the most popular and well used services that the county council provides.
‘Use of the sites tends to pick up during the spring and summer so I am delighted that we are able to keep the sites open for longer and give residents more time to recycle their household and green garden waste.’
All sites are open seven days a week.
Bishop’s Waltham, Gosport, Havant, Petersfield, Segensworth and Waterlooville are open from 8am to 7pm.
Hayling Island opens at 9am every day and closes at 6pm during the summer months.
For more information about the service and what can and can’t be accepted by the centres, go to hants.gov.uk/waste-recycling.htm
HWRCs in Portsmouth are run by the city council.
Go to portsmouth.gov.uk for more information.