Recycling centres hit by council cutbacks

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Household recycling centres in Spalding and Bourne are to have opening hours cut from April 1.

The decision is part of Lincolnshire County Council’s need to make £1.215million savings in its waste budget.

But although residents will no longer be able to use facilities in West Marsh Road, Spalding, on a Tuesday, the county council says the changes that are being imposed on its 13 centres mean none need to be closed.

Executive member for waste services and green issues, Coun Lewis Strange, said: “I’m delighted to be able to confirm this news, which means we can keep all 13 of our excellent household waste recycling centres open for people to use.

“We do still need to save £1.215m from the waste budget for this year, however, which is why the opening hours and days have been changed to help achieve this.

“Despite the changes, I’m sure people will carry on doing all they can to help boost our tremendous recycling levels even higher.

“Almost 53 per cent of household waste is now recycled, compared to a national average of 42 per cent, thanks to residents making great use of our centres and the excellent kerbside collections provided by the district councils.”

Under the changes, Spalding’s centre, which is currently available seven days a week, will open an hour later at 9am, close at 4pm and lose its Friday late nights until 6pm.

Bourne’s centre is hardest hit, going from seven days to just Friday to Monday. It will also open an hour later at 9am, closing at 4pm as before, but losing the two extra hours on a Friday night.

All sites will be open on Bank Holidays, except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

South Holland district councillors agreed at Wednesday’s full council meeting that Spalding had got away lightly in the cuts.

In addition, Saturday morning skip collections in Donington, Holbeach, Crowland, Gedney Hill, Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge will all continue.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said: “The decision to close on one day was a result of research that showed Tuesday was the least used day in Spalding. We’ve escaped lightly compared with other sites.

“Some have lost hours and days. I’d like to thank the county council for retaining a good service for the people of South Holland.”

More than 25 different types of waste can be taken to the recycling centres, including small electrical items, clothing, scrap metal and even batteries.

Winter opening hours at the centres in Spalding and Bourne will remain unchanged until April 1.

Spalding’s centre will open every day from 8am to 4pm. Bourne’s centre, on the Pinfold Lane Industrial Estate, also opens every day from 8am to 4pm.