Last chance to have your say on Letchworth and Stevenage dump shake-up

Hertfordshire County Council is consulting on opening hours of recycling centres

Hertfordshire County Council is consulting on opening hours of recycling centres - Credit: Archant

Time is running out to have your say on proposed changes to Hertfordshire County Council’s recycling centres.

In a bid to save £147 million over the next four years the county council is looking to have 15 sites, which include Stevenage and Letchworth, open for five days a week instead of seven, with weekday closures and changes to opening times.

The changes would save the county council around £6m over eight years.

The current opening hours in Letchworth are Monday to Sunday 10am to 6pm.

The changes proposed to the Blackhorse Road site opening hours are Saturday to Wednesday 8am to 4pm.


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Opening hours to the Caxton Way site in Stevenage, which is currently open Monday to Sunday 8am to 6pm, would be Thursday to Monday 8am to 4pm.

Sharon Eckman media representative of North Herts and Stevenage Friends of the Earth said: “It’s hard to see how reducing the opening hours at recycling centres can have anything other than a negative impact on recycling rates in Hertfordshire. Weekday closures mean it will be difficult for people to remember on which days their local centre is open, and they will be less likely to recycle smaller items which they could more easily dispose of in their general waste bins.

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“The council should be doing all it can to increase rates of recycling and re-use, and so reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. We think these proposed changes will have the reverse effect. Recycling needs to be as easy as possible and that means maintaining accessible facilities close to where people live.”

Last month the Comet reported that a waste disposal service ran by North Herts District Council in Hitchin will close in September.

Hitchin residents will have to use either Letchworth or the Stevenage centres.

The consultation ends of Sunday. To have your say visit consult.hertsdirect.org/hwrcconsultation2014/

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