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Majority of Dorset bring banks to close


Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) has announced that it will remove around 100 recycling bring banks from the area following a reduction in use.

According to the partnership, the 140 bring bank sites currently available in Dorset for the collection of dry recyclables (such as glass, metal, textiles, and paper) cost £115,000 a year to maintain. However, it argues the use of bring banks has dropped ‘significantly’ since the ‘Recycle for Dorset’ kerbside collection service was launched in October 2012. 

Indeed, DWP found that by weight, up to 68 per cent less paper and card, 86 per cent less cans, and 54 per cent less glass were collected from certain banks between January and September 2013 than in that same period in 2012.

Further, recycling rates have risen since the kerbside service was introduced, with recycling in Christchurch, East Dorset and North Dorset rising to more than 62 per cent.

As such, the majority of bring banks in these areas will be removed from June. However, any sites affected by flytipping could be closed earlier.

Residents 'don’t really need bring banks'

Speaking of the decision, Chair of the DWP Joint Committee, Hilary Cox said: “Residents can now recycle much more at home using the ‘recycle for Dorset’ service, so don’t really need bring banks, which are costly to maintain.

“Although provided for householders only, the banks are often used by businesses, who are responsible for disposing of their own waste.

“We can help businesses with this change by offering free advice as well as a value-for-money commercial waste and recycling service.”

Around 40 bring banks will remain in the area, including bring banks for materials which cannot be collected under the kerbside scheme, such as beverage cartons and textiles.

When the ‘Recycle for Dorset’ service expands to Weymouth, Purbeck and West Dorset (estimated for 2015), bring banks in these areas will also be removed.

The decision to remove bring banks is being increasingly adopted by local authorities in a bid to save money, with North Hertfordshire District Council removing bring banks from 21 locations last summer.

DWP’s move to close the majority of its bring sites forms part of the body’s plans to drive down costs by £2 million a year by 2015.

Formed in April 2011, DWP brings together all seven Dorset councils (not including Bournemouth and Poole), under one waste management plan.

A similar partnership in Oxford (the Oxford Waste Partnership), told Resource earlier this week that it will ‘wind down’ operations following the county council’s decision to withdraw funding from the partnership.

Find out more about bring banks in Dorset, or read more about the ‘Recycle for Dorset’ service.