50 signatures reached
To: Gloucestershire County Council
Keep Gloucestershire's Recycling Centres Open
We are asking Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) to abandon their plans for reduced opening hours and one day a week closures of the Recycling Centres in Gloucestershire.
We are proud of our recycling and local Green Economy but recycling rates have already decreased in the region and these closures will lead to even greater reductions as well as the likelihood of increases in fly tipping.
RECYCLING CENTRE CLOSURES
Fosse Crosse (Cirencester) - Tuesdays
Oak Quarry (Coleford) - Tuesdays
Pyke Quarry (Horsley) - Wednesdays
Wingmoor Farm (Bishops Cleeve) - Wednesdays
Hempsted (Gloucester) - Thursdays
The present plan is to close them one day per week and to operate reduced hours, starting later in the morning and closing earlier in the day. These closure days are staggered across the County so that not every centre is closed but in practice there is little likelihood of anyone actually going all the way to another centre if they find their usual one is closed for the day.
There is no guarantee that the centres will not be closed for additional days or operate further reduced hours in the future. This creates uncertainty and will have the effect of putting people off recycling their waste altogether.
Why is this important?
Gloucestershire has had good rates of recycling in the past. Pyke Quarry (in Horsley, near Stroud) has seen rates go down from 76% a year ago to 56% today and these planned closures will have a detrimental impact on recycling rates.
Pyke Quarry was closed briefly over the Summer and that led to increases in fly tipping in fields and over hedges. There have been reports of building waste being dumped in the doorsteps of charity shops in Gloucestershire.
The proposed closures will see Gloucestershire County Council make estimated savings of around £230,000 per year, yet the social cost of clearing up after fly-tipping is being passed down to District Councils all over the region. This is a bill they cannot afford to pick up.
- UPDATE -
The closures and reduced hours have now begun and we are already seeing people fly-tipping their waste outside the gates of the recycling centre when they turn up and find it isn't open yet. Things are as bad as we feared.
We are petitioning the Council to take residents' rights of access to waste disposal into consideration and to put an end to this madness.
How it will be delivered
We will deliver the signatures in person once we have enough to trigger a debate at Full Council.