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Councils to scrap bring sites

Wolverhampton City Council is to remove all its 31 ‘bring’ sites by the end of March.

The council said the move would save £110,000 and that the success of commingled household collections had made the bring sites unnecessary.

A council spokesman said: “Since 2012, people have been able to put everything into one bin rather than sort it separately.

“Ever since then, the use of the recycling ‘bring’ sites across the city has dramatically declined. The sites are becoming redundant due to kerbside recycling.”

This trend meant the sites were no longer value for money, he added.

Sites will be monitored after the facilities are removed to try to combat any fly-tipping.

Meanwhile, Rutland County Council is to save £10,000 a year by removing its bring sites for paper and cardboard during February.

It said more than 75 tonnes of materials were collected in the last year but the service had become uneconomic once the three-year contract ended in January.

Martyn Pocock, cabinet portfolio holder for recycling, said: “Council officers have tried hard, without success, to negotiate an acceptable contract.

“The market for paper and cardboard recycling has changed significantly in recent years and that means a service generating us a slight income last year would now actually cost us £10,000 per annum.”

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