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Mini-recycling sites to go
PLASTIC bottle and cardboard recycling facilities are being removed from across Wiltshire this month.
Wiltshire Council has reviewed the use of the county’s mini recycling sites, such as those in car parks, after introducing a kerbside collection for plastic bottles and cardboard. In the first six months since it was introduced, households across the county recycled more than 10,000 tonnes of plastic bottles and cardboard.
And in the first quarter of 2012/13 the amount of plastic bottles and cardboard collected from mini recycling sites fell by 78 per cent compared to the same period in 2011/12.
As a result, the council has closed 23 of the least used mini recycling and a further 58 sites will have plastic bottle and cardboard containers removed but paper, glass and can recycling banks will be available.
Linda Conley, portfolio holder for waste, said: “The new kerbside collections of plastic bottles and cardboard, introduced at the end of last year, have got off to a very successful start.
“We are delighted that people are using this service and recycling more of their plastic bottles and cardboard.
“We need to recycle more and landfill less because the amount we pay in landfill tax is rapidly increasing from £64 per tonne to £80 per tonne by 2014.
“The introduction of the new kerbside collections has led to a sharp fall in the amount of plastic bottles and cardboard being taken to mini recycling sites, such as those in car parks.”
To order a blue plastic bottle and cardboard bin or a black recycling box, contact the council on 0300 4560201 or visit wiltshire.gov.uk.
The following sites will have all bins removed early next week: Berwick St James, Odstock, White Horse Pub in Quidhampton, Bulford Camp, Boscombe Social Club, Winterbourne Gunner, Five Square Motors in Ludwell, Upavon Camp, and Tidworth British Legion.
The following sites will have their plastic bottle and cardboard recycling bins removed early next week:
Trow Farm in Alvediston, Berwick St John village hall, Bowerchalke village hall, Broad Chalke, The Compass Inn in Chicksgrove, The Forester in Donhead St Andrew, Downton Leisure Centre, Stonehenge Inn in Durrington, Seymour Arms in East Knoyle, Ebbesbourne Wake church car park, Hook & Glove in Farley, Fonthill Bishop estate office, former Cross Keys Inn in Fovant, The Royal Oak in Great Wishford, Golden Acres Nursery in Landford, Switchgage in Laverstock, Salisbury Street car park in Mere, Middle Woodford football ground, opposite the playground in Netherhampton, Newton Tony village hall, Redlynch village hall, Sycamore Drive in Bishopdown, Vale View Road in South Newton, The Pelican in Stapleford, The Rainbow in Steeple Langford, National Trust in Stourton, Nadder Close in Tisbury, Bridge Inn in Upper Woodford, Waitrose car park in Salisbury, West Dean village hall, West Grimstead village hall, Texaco garage in Whiteparish, Bell Inn in Winterbourne Stoke, Working Men’s Club in Figheldean, Crown Inn in Cholderton, central car park and College Road car park, both in Salisbury, Radnor Arms in Nunton, Clarendon Leisure Centre, and Esso, in Longbridge Deverill.
The site at Co-op, Downton, will have its plastic bottle recycling bins removed this week and the plastic bottle recycling bin at South Street car park in Wilton will be replaced with a paper recycling bin.