Half of district's recycling banks binned

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 September 2012

The council says services at the remaining sites will be improved

The council says services at the remaining sites will be improved

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NORTH Somerset Council is cutting more than half of its recycling banks.

These banks will stay:

Backwell - Backwell Leisure Centre, West Town Road.

Blagdon - village club, Station Road.

Churchill - Churchill Inn, Bristol Road.

Clevedon - The Barn, Great Western Road.

Congresbury - youth club, Kent Road.

Locking Castle - Morrisons, Summer Lane.

Nailsea - Clevedon Road.

Pill - Baltic Place.

Portishead - Waitrose, Harbour Road.

Portishead - Co-Op, Wyndham Way.

Winscombe - Sandford Road.

Worle - Old Manor Inn, Cornwallis Avenue.

Weston - Asda, Searle Crescent.

Weston - Knightstone Road.

Clevedon - Kenn Road (run by Tesco).

Weston, Station Road (run by Tesco).

The move will see the number of council-run facilities cut from 29 to 13, with many of them set to be removed this month.

The authority says the move is due to the ‘high performance’ of its kerbside recycling scheme, but will leave villages such as Banwell, Hutton and Uphill without recycling banks.

In a letter sent out to parish councils on September 7, the authority announced the plan to shut 16 sites which it described as ‘under-used’, while improving services at the remaining 13 banks.

In the letter, the authority said: “Due to the high performance of our kerbside recycling scheme, our recycling bank network is being used less and less.

These banks will go:

Banwell - West Street.

Blagdon - New Inn, Park Lane.

Dundry - Church Road.

Hutton - St Marys Road.

Kewstoke - Sand Road.

Long Ashton - Birdwell Road.

Nailsea - Station Road.

Portishead - Avon Way.

Portishead - Nore Road.

Redhill - Church Road.

Redhill - Kingsdown Road.

Uphill - Uphill Way South.

Winford - High Street.

Worle - Hill Road East.

“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.”

The sites to be removed over the course of the next two months include ones at Sand Road in Kewstoke, Hill Road East in Worle, St Marys Road in Hutton and Uphill Way in Uphill.

The banks at West Street in Banwell, Station Road in Sandford, Park Lane in Blagdon and Church Road and Kingdown Road in Redhill will also be removed.

Two recycling banks run by Tesco, such as the one at the supermarket in Station Road in Weston, will remain.

As part of the plans, the remaining sites will see the range of material that can be collected increased, bins will be repainted and new signs put up.

Collection vehicles visiting the sites will also have extra capacity and will be used to collect more materials from apartments and flats, a move the authority says will improve its already impressive recycling rate.

The plans have already proved controversial, with residents and councillors at Monday’s meeting of Banwell Parish Council saying their recycling bank was not ‘under-used’ and that sometimes it had been used so much that it was overflowing with recycling.

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