THE household recycling centre at Pyke Quarry, also known as Horsley tip, will be temporarily opened on Wednesdays from August 19 to make more booking slots available.

To limit the number of people on-site pre-booking was introduced earlier this year at all five of the county’s household recycling centres (HRCs) to enable social distancing, with measures in place to help keep visitors and staff safe.

The booking system has a limited number of timed slots available each day and visitors can book up to 21 days in advance. Bookings can be made online at

To reduce the waiting time for a booking slot to visit Pyke Quarry, the site will be opening on its normal Wednesday closure day from August 19, as a temporary measure, until further notice.

Visitors to the site are reminded that vehicles should only have drivers wherever possible.

Site staff must socially distance and are unable to help with unloading so one passenger is permitted to assist.

Crucially, anyone with covid-19 symptoms and those in self-isolating households must not visit.

Councillor Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for waste said: “We are always looking to make improvements and I hope this change will make visiting far more convenient."