DORSET Council says it is looking at whether they can change existing arrangements to allow more visitors to household recycling centres across the county.

A council spokesman said: "When household recycling centres (HRCs) reopened in late May, every other parking bay was closed off and resale areas were shut to help visitors socially distance and reduce contact with items from other households.

"However, now that these public health measures are widely understood and mitigated against, the council is working closely with site operators W&S Recycling to test the opening of more parking bays at various HRCs in order to accommodate more visitors and reduce queuing times."

Officials also say resale areas may be reopened on a limited basis.

The spokesman said: "If this testing proves successful, we may introduce the new arrangements at all sites in due course while continuing to monitor the situation in line with updated public health guidance emerging from central government."