New recycling trial for town centre

PUBLISHED: 13:30 01 July 2011

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NEW mini-recycling hubs and collections will go on trial in Weston town centre - thanks to residents.

People living in central ward were so fed-up of missing out on the North Somerset Council service, and having to traipse across to recycling banks at Tesco in Station Road, that they asked their local PACT group if something could be done.

As a result, two locations were identified for the hubs and permission was sought from the landowners and the unitary authority’s waste collectors, May Gurney.

The mini-recycling sites are the cobbled area at the bottom of North Street and the open space at the junction of Alfred Street and Baker Street.

In addition to this, as of the week commencing July 11, residents living in Palmer Street, Hopkins Street and Palmer Row will also be able to trial a timed collection recycling scheme.

This means their recycling will be collected from outside their homes once a week, between 7-9am.

To take part in the trial residents had to agree to bring in their green boxes after the collection, to avoid them being left on pavements and obstructing pedestrians.

Palmer Street resident Mike Harding said: “We are very pleased to see that the town centre recycling programme is being moved forward at last and that the mini-recycling hubs are being installed in the next few weeks.

“Currently we all have to carry our recycling to Tesco, so this will make our lives so much easier.

“My wife and I are not taking part in the green box scheme, as the boxes need to be put out at 7am and taken it in by 9am, and we can’t guarantee to be around to do this - but I understand some of my neighbours have signed up for the scheme.”

A section of the cobbles in North Street has been covered in tarmac in preparation and there will be 20 bins at each hub.

Residents will be able to recycle glass, paper, cans and tins and there will be signs warning against fly-tipping, alongside litter bins for plastic bags.

PACT organiser, Sara Brown, said: “North Somerset Council’s waste team has worked closely with PACT and the Town Centre Partnership to develop 
a recycling service suitable for the 
particular needs of central ward residents.

“If successful the scheme will be rolled out to other streets in the area.

“We are keen that residents keep us informed of how the scheme is working.”

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