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Anger grows over scrapping of bring banks

Shropshire Council is facing opposition to its decision to close 120 Veolia recycling bring banks in a bid to save £237,000 a year.

Councillors voted through the closures last week because the waste services must cut £1.5m in the 2019-20 financial year.

Shropshire said there was no statutory obligation to provide the banks, and most people would be able to find alternatives, except for small items of waste electrical and electronic equipment.

The Shropshire Star reported that this has angered the Much Wenlock Voluntary Litter Picking Group, one of several such amenity organisations.

It reported the group’s spokesman David Fenwick saying: “It is an appalling decision which can only result in an increase in fly-tipping around our beautiful county.”

Fenwick said he was “wondering where the extra money will be coming from to pay for the collection of dumped rubbish in Shropshire”.

Roger Evans, leader of the opposition Liberal Democrat group, said he was considering calling the decision in for scrutiny because it was “a tax on rural areas”, with household recycling centres up to 20 miles distant from some homes.

Contracts manager for waste management Paul Beard said at the time of the decision: “Most of the waste can be collected more efficiently by our kerbside collection, and we expect that the household recycling will move to the kerbside service.

“There will be no additional costs on the kerbside collections because the tonnage will be spread among the existing rounds across the county. It is possible that some of the material will find its way into the residual stream, but not in significant quantities.”

Shropshire has been approached for comment.

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