Residents are being asked to give their views on proposals to close Wiltshire’s least used household recycling centre. Regular monitoring shows visits to Everleigh household recycling centre are significantly lower than other sites in Wiltshire.
The site was visited 38,475 times from October 2016 to September 2017 – other sites in the county had on average more than 80,000 visits, with the most used being visited by 149,000 users over the same period. During the same period the Everleigh site received less waste and diverted the lowest proportion of waste delivered from landfill compared to other sites.
The council has therefore put forward a proposal to close Everleigh to deliver savings of around £100,000 per year. Should the proposal go ahead, an additional £43,000 costs per year (provision of equipment) would be avoided. To keep the site open, there is a requirement to invest around £100,000 to make infrastructure changes that are required.
A 12-week consultation to consider the proposals for the Everleigh Household Recycling site has been launched and will run until 3 September 2018.
The consultation includes information on the options the council has considered in developing the proposal for closure so residents are informed of all issues prior to responding. The consultation questionnaire will help to gauge the impact of the proposed closure on residents and seek their views on measures to reduce the impact.
Bridget Wayman, cabinet member for waste, said: “Wiltshire has a network of household recycling centres offering reasonable access to residents across the county and we are very proud that we are still in a position to offer this network. We do monitor how cost effective the sites are; particularly given the other pressing demands on the council’s budget.
“Everleigh is the least used site and taking into consideration the investment that the site needs to meet requirements, we are proposing that this site closes. We have set out the options for residents to consider and to comment on. Once we have collated and considered the feedback from the consultation, we will make a decision on the way forward for this site.”
The results of the consultation will be evaluated and considered and presented to cabinet for a final decision.
People can access the consultation by going to http://wiltshire.objective.co.uk/portal/waste_and_recycling/proposed_closure_of_everleigh_household_recycling_centre?tab=info
Most residents live within a 20-minute drive of a recycling centre in urban areas and a 30-minute drive in rural areas in Wiltshire. The council provides one recycling centre per 43,000 residents compared to the best practice guidance of 143,750 residents. This would increase to one site per 47,300 residents should Everleigh close.