Tip decisions Have your say on plans to ban rubbish from site
MEMBERS of the public have seven weeks to have their say on plans to ban general rubbish and garden waste from Cheltenham’s tip.
The controversial proposal has been suggested by the borough council as part of a scheme to revamp the tip, formally called a household recycling centre, in Swindon Road.
Also on the table is a plan to withdraw council-provided banks at four of the 12 recycling areas in the town.
The possible measures were first revealed in June but it is between now and September 13 that the council wants people to give it their views, via a new survey about recycling and how they use the household recycling centre.
The authority said the results of the last survey, at the end of last year and the start of this year, helped shape the future of Cheltenham’s waste and recycling services and improvement work would be carried out to the centre in August.
It will include changes to the site layout to make better use of the space, new signage and internal safety barri
ers and new, larger banks so that more recyclable materials can be taken. Some of the skips for hard plastics and wood will also be refurbished.
Councillor Chris Coleman (LD, St Mark’s), the council’s cabinet member for clean and green environment, said: “I want to thank everyone who completed the last waste and recycling survey.
“We had over 4,200 responses and we would like even more people to take part this time.
“We promised we would consult further on our recycling service and the household recycling centre and we are.
“I would like to assure all residents that no decisions have been taken about the future of the general waste skip or the green waste skip. This is why we are consulting again now, and we would like to know how and why you use these facilities.”
The household recycling centre will close for one day in August for improvement work to take place. The date will be advertised in the near future.
The online survey can be accessed at www.cheltenham.gov.uk/waste-recycling-consultation. Paper copies of it are available at the council’s Municipal Offices in Promenade, Cheltenham Borough Homes resource centres and the library in Clarence Street.
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The household recycling centre in Swindon Road