The expected queues failed to materialise this morning as people stayed away from the opening of waste and recycling centres - in the Falmouth and Helston areas at least.

Cornwall Council had warned people to only go if they had essential rubbish to dispose of and it appears people took note.

The internal site roads to the centre on the A394 at Longdowns were quiet at 10am this morning, the official time that the centre reopened.

As the image from aerial photography company Southwest Sky Visions shows, just a handful of cars took up the opportunity to visit the centre - and it was a similar situation in Helston first thing.

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The council had already brought in extra measures in an effort to keep numbers down and allow for suitable social distancing measures.

A vehicle number plate system is in place to limit the number of people visiting each day.

Falmouth Packet:

The extent of the traffic at Longdowns waste and recycling centre which re-opened this morning (Tuesday.) Photo: Colin Higgs

It means that if the last digit of your vehicle number plate is an even number – 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 – then you may only visit a centre an an even date of the month, eg May 20, 22, 24, 26.

Even numbers include the digit 0 (zero).

If the last digit of your number plate is odd – 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 – then you may only visit a centre on an odd date of the month, eg May 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, or 29 May etc.

If you have a personalised number plate, the last digit found on the plate indicates the date you may visit the sites.