RECYCLING centres in South Ayrshire are set to re-open again in June - but residents have been warned not to "overwhelm" the service. 

The council confrimed that Household Waste Recylcing Centres (HWRCs) will be back in operation from 8am on Monday, June 1. 

The current sites at Ayr, Girvan, Maybole and Troon will be back open to the public which are expected to be extremely busy. 

South Ayrshire Council have also confirmed a further two pop-up sites in Ayr and Girvan for general/ black bag waste will also be in place, with information on their locations and operating hours to be made available on their website. 

Due to the anticipated surge of residents eager to use the facilities, the council have also advised that no trailers, vans or horse boxes will be allowed before Monday, June 15. 

People who have symtoms of COVID-19 which now include a loss of taste and smell or those who are 'sheilding' because of underlying health condition have been told to stay away from the sites.

Residents might also be checked to prove they live in South Ayrshire and will be required to provide proof in the form of a driving licence, or a council tax bill.

Only one person will be allowed to step outside their vehicle at a time to unload it, and social distancing rules to keep two metres apart will also have to be adhered to. 

Guidelines on using the recylcing centres also state that workers will not be able to help anyone unload their car and dispose of waste, so residents have been warned not to bring itmes that are too big to handle. 

The council have advised to only head to along to the sites if it's "absolutely neccessary". 

And there will be extended opening hours from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, so it is advised that people avoid peak times. 

Councillor Ian Cochrane, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:  “I understand that many local residents will be keen to dispose of their waste.  While it’s great news that the national guidance has changed to allow us to re-open our Household Waste Recycling Centres, I’d urge people not to overwhelm the service in the first few days of opening. 

“We know that when these centres opened in England, there was traffic congestion and delays, so please only visit the centres if it’s absolutely essential.

“I’m very proud of the work our Waste Management team in South Ayrshire have done to make sure the sites are ready to re-open safely on 1 June, particularly the additional effort that has gone into developing the temporary pop-up sites.

“It’s still not business as usual, and restrictions apply in all of our centres to keep the public and our employees safe, so I’d urge residents to work with us as we resume this service.

"The ongoing patience and support of the public is much appreciated as we begin to come through to the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

Advice about using recycling centres can be found here.