Doncaster Council are to remove a number of ‘bring bank’ facilities across the borough, including one at Bridge Street in Thorne.
A report from Doncaster Council’s Waste and Recyling manager, Lee Richardson, says that the sites have been “subject to abuse from commercial outlets” and also have become a “magnet for flytipping”, leading to a number of complaints.
The council say the bring bank sites have been in place for a number of years and were provided to encourage recycling prior to the expansion of the kerbside recycling service in 2002.
Then in March 2018 the kerbside recycling service changed predominantly to a wheeled bin resulting in residents having more capacity for recycling, reducing the reliance on bring site provision.
Bridge Street in Thorne is one of seventeen locations containing bring banks which must be paid for across 54 sites in Doncaster. The report says that removing the banks from these 17 sites would save Doncaster Council £24,000 plus an additional £10,000 in street cleansing costs.
The report adds that by removing these bring sites, it is anticipated that these items will now be disposed of either at the household waste recycling centres or through the kerbside blue bin and green box collections.
Over the Christmas period, numerous items were left at the side of the bins at the Bridge Street car park in Thorne. Doncaster Council attended to clean up the site prior to the New Year.
The seventeen bring banks for closure will be removed from across the borough throughout February and March 2019.