Council planning to close down recycling banks
HOMEOWNERS in some villages across North Somerset could be left without recycling banks.
North Somerset Council is planning to close 'under-used' recycling facilities at 15 areas across the district by the end of September.
Recycling banks, which give people the chance to dispose of glass, textiles, shoes and other items such as cardboard, will be removed from Sand Road, Kewstoke, St Mary's Road, Hutton and Uphill Way, Uphill.
Banks in West Street, Banwell, Station Road, Sandford and Church Road and Kingdown Road in Redhill will also be removed.
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Thirteen recycling banks across the district will remain including at Backwell Leisure Centre, Blagdon Village Club car park, the Churchill Inn, The Barn, Clevedon, Riverside car park, Congresbury and at Heywood Road, Pill.
The council will also maintain facilities at Waitrose and Co-op in Portishead, The Woodborough Inn car park, Winscombe, Clevedon Road car park, Nailsea and at the Old Manor Inn, Worle, Melrose car park as well as at Morrison and Asda supermarkets in Weston.
Council chiefs said the decision to remove some of the banks is a result of the success of the weekly roadside recycling scheme.
Money saved from running the banks will be used to improve recycling services for apartments and flats.
North Somerset Council spokesman Nick Yates said: "Due to the high performance of our kerbside recycling scheme our recycling bank network is being used less and less.
"By removing several under-used recycling bank sites we can use resources to improve and extend recycling services for apartments and flats – a more targeted and effective way to improve recycling rates and services to our residents."
North Somerset is currently recycling 60 per cent of all rubbish and is the top performing unitary authority in the south west and the second best in the country.
Contractor May Gurney was awarded a seven-year contract for the authority's waste collections in 2010 and weekly recycling and food waste collections were introduced along with fortnightly waste collections.
Recycling levels have continued to increase since the introduction of the new service and the amount of rubbish being sent to landfill has fallen dramatically.
The amount of waste sent to landfill in the first six months of 2011 was 19,432 tonnes compared to 27,555 tonnes in the first six months of 2010 – a reduction of 30 per cent.
The amount of household waste being collected has reduced each year by 21,000 tonnes and the cost of sending rubbish to landfill has been reduced by £2 million.