Posted by Ruth Woodward
The Katikati Recycling Centre has extended its opening hours on Thursdays from 9am until 4pm and will continue to trial the hours for a further three months.
The change follows a survey in May by Western Bay of Plenty District Council to see how customers used the centre and whether a longer opening time on Thursdays would help ease congestion.
Vehicle numbers during the survey period confirmed that the community appreciated the additional time available. Vehicles using the centre from 9am to 12 noon averaged 230 and from noon to 4pm numbered about 125 vehicles.
Centre staff are also supportive of the extended hours, as it removes the pressure from the morning and results in a safer, less stressful environment for everyone.
The new hours will continue for three months during which Council will monitor the additional costs associated with the increased level of service before making any decision in the longer term.