COUNCIL bosses have thanked Keighley residents for their "patience and goodwill" when using the town's reopened household waste recycling centre.

Long queues have built-up at the Royd Ings Avenue site, which is currently open from 5pm to 10pm weekdays and 8am to 8pm weekends.

But the local authority says most drivers have been helpful to staff overseeing traffic management and have complied with requests and social distancing.

More than 14,000 vehicles have visited council household waste centres across the district in the past week.

Bradford Council is asking people to only use the sites if "absolutely necessary".

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, executive member for healthy people and places, said: "Please bear in mind that you may have to queue for over an hour to gain access to one of the household waste sites.

"We would ask everybody to carefully consider whether they desperately need to use the site at this time.

"This deadly virus takes every opportunity to spread when people congregate, so for the safety of yourselves, other residents and staff, please take advantage of our bulky waste collection service or store your rubbish at home for as long as possible."

Anyone using a Bradford Council household waste recycling centre needs to show a residents’ permit from inside the vehicle with the windows up, and observe social distancing rules at all times.