Waste sites to shut as Wolverhampton council cuts bite

Bin buddies, Stan the Can and binspectors have all been used as part of a huge drive to get people in a city to recycle.

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Wolverhampton City Council's Civic Centre

But now recycling stations across Wolverhampton will close within two months as the cash-strapped local authority battles to save millions.

All 31 of the so-called ‘bring sites’ currently located outside pubs, supermarkets, shops and other public premises will be scrapped from March 31, with the first disappearing towards the end of February.

Wolverhampton City Council says the move will save it £110,000, helping towards the £123 million in cuts it needs to make over the next five years.

Bosses say the recycling bins, many of which have been in place since the 1990s, are underused and have become ‘redundant’ thanks to kerbside recycling.

But critics say the decision conflicts with the council’s message of encouraging recycling, at a time when some residential bins are not being collected because waste has not been properly sorted.

Council spokesman Tim Clark said: “Since 2012, people have been able to put everything into one bin rather than sort it separately. Ever since then, the use of the recycling ‘bring-sites’ across the city has dramatically declined.

“The sites are becoming redundant due to kerbside recycling. If people have excess recycling at home, we will collect it from the kerbside as long as it is put out in an open box or clear bag.” Signs have now gone up at the affected sites, warning customers of the decision and advising them to use the remaining tips at Anchor Lane and Shaw Road.

Among the facilities to be axed are those at Waitrose in Marston Road, Asda in Waterloo Road, and Sainsbury’s in Bentley Bridge Park.

The Grapes pub, in Moseley Road, Bilston, will also lose its bins.

Owner Katie Fletcher said: “It’s disgusting. They are emptied every week and they are always full. It shows they are used. I don’t want them gone. We get a lot of customers who walk here to use them – old age pensioners who come with their trolleys. A customer came in and said yesterday, ‘Did you know they are removing the bins?’ I had no idea.

“There’s certain people that don’t recycle. Then the bins are left on the kerb all week.

“We are just fed up of the council. Recycling does make money for them. They are cutting down in the wrong areas.”

The council introduced the bring sites – each comprising five large recycling bins for newspapers and magazines, glass bottles, and drinks cans – in the 1990s, before the city had a kerbside recycling service. At the height of the project there were 106 bring sites. That number was cut to the current 31 after kerbside recycling was introduced in 2006.

Comments for: "Waste sites to shut as Wolverhampton council cuts bite"

Danimal

Cut four managers jobs. Bingo saved 110k.

Then keep selling the recycled material and actually make some money.

Ivor

The main thing that should be shut is Wolverhampton Council, as they keep recycling councilors who haven't a clue

Shadow.Ghostrider

Shut the sites and it will encourage more fly tipping, we know it will, despite the you must be responsible brigade.

Then the council will say "it's costing £100's of thousands to clear up fly tipping.

They will then shut something else to save the money for that.

I have an excellent idea of what they should shut to save money, and that is the mouths that keep coming up with these stupid ideas!

Ranus

People don’t seem to realize that most things they are throwing away have a value. Metals paper and some sorts of plastic all have a value. Maybe you could learn something from the less developed countries and how they operate. People collect and segregate their waste, when they have enough they call the scrap man who will come round with a set of scales and pay them for the things that they have collected. That offers people an incentive to collect and segregate their waste. The scrap man will then sell all the stuff on to dealers which in turn will then be sold again and be recycled. The councils load would then be reduced to types of plastics that could not be recycled. Garden waste can be burnt in a small incinerator and the ashes used as fertilizer for their garden plants etc. It’s all very simple.