Recycling bring banks face the axe

The council is planning to remove bring banks from many locations across South Glos, including here at Warmley Community Centre

The council is planning to remove its bring banks from many locations across South Glos, including here at Warmley Community Centre

South Gloucestershire Council is planning to get rid of its recycling bring banks.

The move is for a number of reasons, says the council, including the fact that all the materials collected at bring banks can now be recycled using the kerbside recycling collections.

Bring banks collect materials which are then sent for recycling, including bottles and jars, food and drinks cans, books, CDs and videos,  cartons, textiles, plastic bottles, paper and light bulbs.

The banks affected are at Cecil Road car park and Grimsbury Farm in Kingswood as well as Kingswood Leisure Centre, Hawksworth Drive in Hanham, Longwell Green Community Centre, Bitton Rec, Salisbury Park and the Willow Centre in Downend, Sainsbury’s at Emersons Green, Byron Place car park and Sanctuary Church in Staple Hill, Warmley Community Centre, Pucklechurch Community Centre and St Fagans Court car park in Willsbridge.

The council says the savings made by these proposals will be reinvested to provide recycling services for residents of flats, who are currently unable to recycle all of these materials.

At some locations there have been issues with local businesses using the bring banks to dispose of commercial waste and there have also been problems with fly-tipping and litter, which are expensive and time-consuming to deal with.

The council also says that is has received a number of requests to remove bring banks from car parks to free up additional parking spaces.

Bring banks located at the council’s Sort It! centres will be retained and recycling banks operated by charities and other organisations are not affected.

The deadline for comments is 25th April. Email consultation@southglos.gov.uk, call  01454 868000 or write to FREEPOST RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Bring Bank Consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR.