Town centre pilot for a mini recycling centre

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 May 2011

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A NEW ‘mini recycling centre’ could soon be set up in Weston as part of planned revamp of waste collection services in town.

North Somerset Council is set to pilot the system in central ward next month.

As part of the scheme, details of which were revealed at a partners and communities together (PACT) meeting last week, residents would have the option to opt into a timed recycling collection, where they could put green boxes out on the pavements between 7-9am on a given day, but they would have to guarantee they would bring them in immediately afterwards.

Anyone who could not commit to taking the box back into their house straight away, could instead take the contents to a mini recycling centre, which is planned for the corner of Palmer Street and North Street.

One resident at the PACT meeting at The Badger Centre in Wadham Street said: “I think it’s a good idea.

“But people who want to recycle will do this but people who don’t won’t bother with the recycling plant.”

People living in parts of central ward have been unable to have a recycling collection since the new services started elsewhere last year, because they are told the pavements are too narrow to take boxes and bins on collection days.

Instead they have been issued with two grey bags per week per household and if they wish to recycle they have had to take the items to Tesco or other facilities.

Only last month the Mercury reported how fed-up binmen are being told to leave heaps of foul-smelling rubbish outside town centre homes in a bid to teach residents a lesson but the council said its waste collection policy would not be changed, adding it was to encourage residents to only use two grey bags supplied by the council to residents without wheelie bins.

The local authority has put together a draft leaflet that it plans to distribute to residents in central ward asking their opinions about the new scheme.

It hopes to pilot it in a small area of town next month.

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