Private contractors in Cornwall are to operate supermarket bring banks in conjunction with large supermarket chains in the region, after the withdrawal of Cornwall Council involvement in the service.
Following successful discussions, private contractors Cornwall Cullet and Severnside Recycling will offer bring banks for materials such as bottles, cardboard and paper to Tesco, Morrisons and Asda stores in the region, saving the council £200,000.
The only major supermarket chain in Cornwall which will not receive the bring banks are Sainsbury’s stores.
Cornwall Council cabinet member for the environment Julian German said: “Cornwall Council wishes to express disappointment at the removal of the recycling banks from Sainsbury’s as negotiations with the other major supermarkets and contractors have meant that recycling facilities are still offered elsewhere.”
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “Cornwall Council has made a decision to withdraw recycling banks from car parks throughout the county, as it wishes to encourage the use of its kerbside collection service instead.”
“We have informed our customers of this change to Cornwall Council’s policy, and will of course listen to feedback over the next few months as this new system for recycling takes effect.”
The provision of commercially located bring banks by private agreement follows a decision by Cornwall council in 2010 to “change the way recycling banks were funded, due to the excellent coverage of kerbside recycling that residents of Cornwall now receive.”