A TRIAL to allow an extra opening day at Ross-on-Wye's recycling centre has been proposed.

The issue of the volume of traffic using the town's Household Recycling Centre in Station Approach was brought up at the October town council meeting.

The centre in Ross is open three days a week while Leominster and Hereford are open for seven days a week.

Speaking at this month's town council meeting chairman and mayor of the town council, Harry Bramer, suggested a trial where the tip would also be open on a Monday.

Councillor Bramer said the estimated extra costs of opening on a Monday would be £50,000 per year, which includes the disposal of waste.

The trial would see if traffic calmed during the days it was open and would be funded by the county council.

He also said the county council could save money by introducing a rule where only Herefordshire residents could dispose of their waste at Herefordshire tips.

At the moment anyone is allowed to dispose of their household waste.

As part of the trial he said they could ask people where they were coming from to dispose of their waste.

He said it costs £120 a tonne to dispose of waste, whether that goes to an incinerator or landfill.

If the council did introduce residents-only tips he suggested people could show a driving licence to prove they had a county address and details of this could go out with council tax summons.

Coun Bramer added: "The amount of visitors to Ross on a day that it is open is almost twice as many as a day at Leominster.

"The number of visitors Hereford has are only two thirds of that of Ross when it is is open."

Coun Bramer is a cabinet member for Herefordshire Council and his portfolio includes waste disposal.

The trial could start after Christmas.

The final decision as to whether the tip in Ross would be open an extra day would made by the county council judged on the results of the trial.