POLICE were called twice to help deal with “traffic issues” at Millhams Recycling Centre.

The centre reopened on Monday, and there has been heavy traffic most days since as people look to remove their waste built up over the lockdown while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: “We were called at 10.32am on Wednesday, May 13 and at 8.50am on Thursday, May 14, to reports of traffic issues at the Millhams Recycling Centre on Ringwood Road.

“The local authority was aware and dealing with the situation.

“No further police action was required.”

Councillor Felicity Rice, cabinet member for environment and climate change at BCP Council, said: “Following government guidance we have been able to reopen our household recycling centres (HRCs) this week, however we made it clear that delays at these sites are initially to be expected due to our social distancing measures.

“We are therefore regularly liaising with the police to prevent or manage any traffic issues that result, and we continue to advise that residents should only travel to these centres if their visit is essential and if they cannot continue to store their waste at home safely.

“I am also pleased to say that residents have been really patient and appreciative that the HRC’s are open again.”