THE new winter opening hours for recycling centres in the Borders have been revealed by the council.

Changes come into effect from today (September 27), according to a Scottish Borders Council (SBC) spokesperson.

Weekday opening hours at community recycling centres are now 10am to 4.45pm, with the summer hours having had some late night openings until 6.45pm.

During winter, weekend opening hours will remain the same – 9am to 4.45pm.

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Closure of sites for one or two days during the week remains the same.

The Galashiels site is closed on Tuesdays, according to SBC.

The Eshiels centre, near Peebles, is closed on Wednesdays.

Selkirkshire councillor Gordon Edgar, SBC’s executive member for infrastructure, travel and transport, said: “I would like to thank the public for the high levels of use across our community recycling centres so far this year, including taking advantage of the extended opening hours over summer.

“Recycling is one of the easiest everyday actions we can take to make a positive impact on climate change and by doing so more often we can also help lower council tax bills.”

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The independent representative added: “I would encourage as many people as possible to make the most of these community facilities and continue to play their part.”

The winter hours will be in place until March 27, 2022.

Coronavirus guidance remains in place at recycling centres, meaning social distancing must be adhered to.

No assistance can be provided by site staff to offload materials.

The council spokesperson added: “Please abide by the signs in place at each site and do not queue beyond 'no queuing' signage at the entrances to avoid traffic backing up.”

To find your closest centre's opening times, click here.