The success of the household recycling scheme introduced almost four years ago in the Derbyshire Dales could lead to the closure of the remaining 23 ‘bring’ sites which are still in operation at various places across the district.
The district council’s Community and Environment Committee will today (Thursday) consider an offer of £20,000 by the contractor responsible for bring site management – HW Martin of Blackwell – for an early termination of the contract due to rising costs of running the service.
Since improved home recycling collections were introduced in 2012, the quantity of material collected from the sites has reduced by 75 per cent. Councillors will hear that 91 per cent of residents now use the fortnightly kerbside recycling service, which generates more recycling material in a single month (530 tonnes) than is collected from the bring sites in an entire year.
The meeting will also hear that a consultation last year resulted in 525 responses - together with a 428-name petition from Youlgrave Parish Council requesting that its local site be retained.
The consultation results revealed 78 per cent of residents who responded used the bring sites for excess recycling waste.
Council officers believe this is due to a lack of awareness that excess recycling material, if contained and visible, can be placed at the side of usual bins collection.
The officer’s report adds that residents will be able to continue to access household waste recycling centres at Darley Dale, Ashbourne, Chesterfield and Waterswallows, Buxton, as well as private sites at supermarkets. The report can be downloaded at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/committee.