Small recycling centres in Rugby to close by the end of September

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Rugby Borough Council has started closing the borough’s small recycling centres.

The decision to close the recycling centres, called bring sites, was taken in August following a review.

The review revealed the popularity of the bring sites had fallen dramatically since the council introduced its three-bin recycling service four years ago.

In addition, the sites had become magnets for fly-tipping and were regularly contaminated - with general waste put in recycling bins.

More than a dozen bring sites close this week, with the remainder set to be removed by the end of the month.

Residents can still recycle at Sainsbury’s, in Dunchurch Road, the Town Hall, in Evreux Way, and the Household Waste Recycling Centre operated by Warwickshire County Council in Hunters Lane. From October, the Hunters Lane centre opens from 9.30am to 3.15pm, Monday to Friday, and from 8.30am to 4.15pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said the council remained committed to helping residents recycle.

“Our award-winning three-bin recycling service has helped the borough recycle more than 50 per cent of its waste, and placed the council in the top quarter of councils in the country for recycling,” Cllr Williams said.

“It’s a record we’re proud of and keen to build on. However, the cost of the bring sites, in both financial and environmental terms, could no longer be justified.”

In 2012, just 3.5 per cent of the borough’s dry recycling materials were collected from bring sites. The cost of collecting a tonne of recyclable waste from the sites had risen to £171 - compared to £76 for a tonne of waste collected from the blue recycling bins.

Residents can request an additional blue and/or green recycling bin by calling the council’s Work Services Unit on (01788) 533332 or visiting the council’s website, www.rugby.gov.uk

Fly-tipping can also be reported to the Work Services Unit or via the council’s website.