In line with other councils across the UK, Warwick District Council has decided to remove its recycling banks from shopping precincts, supermarket car parks, and other sites from next month.
The communal facilities, which include privately operated clothes and textile banks, were installed long before the introduction of household kerbside collections, but in recent years have fallen foul of vandalism, fly-tipping and illegal disposal of commercial waste.
Warwick District’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger, said:
“The recycling banks account for less than 1% of the total waste recycled in the district; we, therefore, feel that this is a sensible and pragmatic decision. Better use of resources would be to invest in this service rather than carrying the increasing costs of maintaining facilities which are often subject to abuse.”
The Council plans to remove the recycling banks during the week commencing 22 February 2021. The sites will continue to be monitored and enforcement action will be taken if there are fly-tipping incidents.
This change follows recent announcements regarding the introduction of the 123+ scheme for household kerbside collections to be enacted in Summer 2022. The scheme will drive customer, environmental and financial benefits for the area and will bring in the following changes to bin collection practices and schedule:
1. Weekly food waste collection using food caddies (a small caddy for inside your property and a larger caddy to use outside and for collection).
2. Fortnightly recycling collection (a new wheeled bin will be provided for mixed recycling to replace the current red box/bag recycling scheme).
3. Three-weekly refuse collection (using your existing grey wheeled bin).
4. Fortnightly garden waste collection (using your existing green bin).
Further information, including a list of FAQs, can be found on the Warwick District Council website.