THE five busiest recycling centres in Somerset are to open seven days a week from April 1.

Somerset Waste Partnership's governing board has decided to extend the opening hours of the recycling centres – including Sundays to 4pm.

But it is also closing two of the least used sites at Coleford and Middlezoy.

The centres at Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil will open from 8am to 4pm every day, including Sundays.

The closures have been brought about as part of the county's money-saving measures.

Extended opening hours at the five busiest sites are expected to benefit tens of thousands of residents, improve recycling levels and contribute to all councils' efforts to continue driving down the already falling rate of fly-tipping.

Leaflets, advertising and signage will be used to advise customers of the changes, while full information on recycling centres, opening hours and the 30 or more materials they take is listed on and available from Somerset Direct on 0845-3459188.