RECYCLING centres have reopened but the public are asked to expect delays.

Cumbria County Council’s 14 household waste and recycling centres are all currently open, following their temporary closure during the early stages of the coronavirus lockdown.

Centres are seeing an increase in demand with waiting times and traffic congestion on the rise.

The council is asking the public to be mindful that staff are working hard to support the community during difficult times.

Celia Tibble, the council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “I’d like to thank everyone for their patience who has visited one of our sites to dispose of their additional waste since they re-opened. On the whole, all our sites are coping well with the demand, with the exception of Frizington, Clay Flatts Workington, Kendal and Carlisle whose access roads can struggle to cope with the increased volume of traffic."

"Keeping staff and the public safe is our absolute priority and the guidance in place will help to ensure this is maintained, and also make the roads around the HWRC sites less congested and help to minimise the disruption for our local residents."