To: Gloucestershire County Council
STOP THE CLOSURE OF OUR RECYCLING CENTRES
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.
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. These days are staggered so as to offer the prospect of going to a different centre on a closure day but in practice there is little likelihood of anyone actually doing this.
There is no guarantee that the centres will not be closed for additional days in the future.
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. At around £850 per incident, this is a bill they cannot afford to pick up.
Further to this, there are rumours that the GCC is planning to charge local taxpayers for using publicly-funded recycling centres which will have a further impact.
We are petitioning the Council to take residents' rights of access to waste disposal into consideration and to put an end to this madness.