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Litter fears as recycling sites cut

Richard Wright

richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 8:00

THE Island network of recycling sites is to be dramatically reduced.
The Isle of Wight Council says kerbside collections have reduced the need for recycling banks but the decision has already angered Shanklin Town Council, which believes the decision will lead to the seafront becoming a litter eyesore.
Currently there are 61 such banks around the Island and the council is considering cutting the number to between ten and 15.
A council spokesman said: "The current network of banks was established to provide glass, can and textile recycling facilities when the council operated a black bag weekly collection service and no separated recycling was collected pre 2012.
"As these recycling materials are now collected at the kerbside, there is a lesser need for the number of bring banks across the Island.
"The customer survey conducted last year asked residents which sites they use most frequently and this data, in conjunction with the tonnage data from our collections, will be used to determine which sites are used widely and which are less used or in some cases not at all.
"The council will not be removing any private banks operated by charities."
It told Shanklin Town Council it believed fly tipping on the Esplanade was due to the location of the recycling bins.
Town councillors, however, said they would oppose any move by the Isle of Wight Council to remove the facility from the Spa car park.
At its meeting last week, Cllr Richard Priest said the loss of recycling facilities would lead to the area, including the beach, being littered.
And he feared it could have a knock-on effect on tourism and its ability to retain its Keep Britain Tidy Seaside Award.
Isle of Wight Council member Chris Quirk said the facility was needed and should not be removed just because of a few instances of fly tipping.
Longshoreman Neil Cole said after the meeting: "Without it, it would be a right mess."

 


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