Original article from Kent Live
Kent County Council has announced planned changes to its tip booking system, with extended hours and more frequent slots on the cards.
Businesses across the county have had to adjust the way they operate in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with tips being no exception.
The past year has seen users of Kent's household waste and recycling centres booking slots in an online system. The aim of booking slots was to create a more controlled and safer way of disposing household rubbish.
Now the council has announced that it looks set to trial extended opening times at its tips once a week this summer, given the "longer daylight hours".
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It also confirmed users will be able to make same day bookings from late June onwards.
Despite the changes, there are, as yet, no plans to fully remove the booking system as lockdown lifts further, KentLive can confirm.
A Kent County Council spokesman said: "At this stage there are no immediate plans to remove the HWRC booking system, though in late June we anticipate a change allowing for same-day bookings.
"Opening hours will also increase, providing slots between 8am and 4.30pm and 9am to 4pm on Sundays.
"Other changes being considered include trialling extending the hours of opening one evening a week now there are longer daylight hours."
As of next month the centres opening times will be, Monday – Saturday 8am – 4.30pm and Sundays and Bank Holidays 9am-4pm.