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Work starts to reduce the queues at Hempsted household recycling centre


The recycling centre will close temporarily from 29th January to 5th February while the access road is improved.

Hempsted is the busiest of the county's five recycling centres with more than 500,000 visitors a year. It handles more than 16,000 tonnes of recycling and waste material.

The access road is being widened to improve the flow of traffic and reduce the amount of time that customers spend queuing to use the centre.

The temporary closure is necessary to protect the public from the engineering work while the improvements are being made.

Cllr Ray Theodoulou, deputy leader of Gloucestershire County Council said, "We want to help residents recycle more quickly at busy times, so this month we're starting work to widen the access road at Hempsted household recycling centre.

"The centre will close temporarily from 29th January while we work quickly to make the improvements. The centre will fully reopen as normal at 9am on Saturday 6th February."

During the temporary closure at Hempsted, all other household recycling centres in Gloucestershire will be open as usual between 9am and 6.15pm every day of the week.

Residents can find the location of alternative household recycling centres at

During March a further temporary closure will be needed to complete the work, and details will be made available.

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