23 bring sites will close across the Derbyshire Dales, the council announced, following the implementation of a kerbside collection that has seen the quantity of material collected from bring sites reduce by 75%.
The council says that non-recyclable items are also increasingly being dumped at the sites, resulting in 43% of the material being contaminated and disposed of at landfill.
As a result the District Council has accepted an offer of £20,000 compensation from the contractor responsible for bring site management – HW Martin of Blackwell – for an early termination of the contract.
Two years ago it was agreed to reduce the number of bring sites in the Dales from 98 to 33 to enable HW Martin to continue to operate a reduced service at no cost to the District Council.
It followed significant improvements to the kerbside scheme and a decision by Sainsbury’s supermarkets, which have major stores in Ashbourne and Matlock, to take store recycling operations in-house across the country.
Since then, a further 10 sites have been lost due to landowners’ reluctance to put up with the high rate of fly-tipping of general and trade waste.
The District Council’s Community & Environment Committee took the decision to close the remaining sites after hearing that 91% of residents now use the fortnightly kerbside recycling service, which generates more recycling material in a single month (530 tonnes) than is collected from the bring sites in an entire year.
An online bring site consultation in October and November last year resulted in 525 responses and revealed that 78% of residents who responded used the bring sites for excess recycling waste.
Now the District Council is to promote the message that excess recycling material, if contained and visible, can be placed at the side of usual bins and bags for collection.