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Residents asked to use alternative recycling methods as bring sites close

Craven residents are being advised that a number of recycling 'bring sites' are set to close across the district from the end of November.

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A consultation carried out earlier this year found that more than 95 per cent of respondents would use alternative recycling services such as the household recycling services, other recycling centres, or charity shops, if their local bring site was closed.

Councillors agreed to remove the majority of bring sites at a Policy Committee meeting in October this year.

Six bring sites will remain in place, at Grasmere Close car park, High Bentham, Main Street car park, Embsay, Glusburn Institute car park, Glusburn, Whitefriars car park, Settle, Community Centre car park, Ingleton, and Coach Street car park, Skipton.

The council has been operating bring site recycling facilities throughout the district since 1970, many of which are located in car parks and at licensed premises and campsites, but demand has reduced in recent years. Currently there are 24 bring sites across the district on council or parish-owned land, and another 94 sites on campsites, schools or trade premises.

Wyn Ashton, Environmental Services & Housing Manager, said: "The extension of kerbside recycling to all properties in Craven in 2010 has resulted in a decreased demand for bring site use by residents. Recent inspection of these facilities has also revealed significant abuse by commercial entities.

"Consequently, an extensive consultation of the bring sites and their use was undertaken in the summer of this year.

"The consultation findings were put to the Policy Committee, and after careful consideration it was decided that the majority of bring sites could be removed."

Businesses who use the bring sites are being advised that they can take up a Trade Waste collection with Craven District Council, which offers chargeable fortnightly collections of mixed recycling (glass/cans/plastics), and paper/cardboard for local businesses.

Owners of sites where the containers are located on private land are being notified by letter that the containers are scheduled for removal.

Residents are also being informed of the closure of bring sites with stickers being placed on containers due to be removed. These also explain alternative recycling options.

Closures of the bring sites will begin on November 30, and all sites scheduled for closure will be removed by the end of December.

For more details of trade waste collections or any other queries, please contact the council's Waste Management team at wastemanagement@cravendc.gov.uk, or on 01756 706429.