As of July 6, the Lower Nicola Eco-Depot will be open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., year round.

On a weekly basis, the change will only affect Monday and Tuesday hours.

Previously, the depot was only open Monday from 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m., then Wednesday to Sunday from 8 o’clock in the morning to 4 p.m.

The expanded hours came about from a review done by environmental health services, said Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) communications coordinator Mike Garrett.

“It’s always kind of a contentious topic, the hours of operation on all of our waste facilities,” he said. “There was a review done, there were numbers tabulated of how many people were visiting, what times they were visiting and that kind of stuff. I think that’s kind of what went into that decision.”

The TNRD operates a total of 27 solid waste and recycling facilities.