Closing recycling sites two days a week '˜could lead to fly-tipping'

OFFICIALS have admitted closing three recycling sites in Hull two days a week could lead to more fly-tipping.

File pic: Hull's household waste recycling sites look set to close two days a week

Hull Council originally proposed to close two of the three household waste recycling sites in the city permanently as part of cost-cutting.

Instead, the council’s cabinet members will be asked next week to approve plans to close Burma Drive, in east Hull, Wiltshire Road, in west Hull and Sutton Fields, in north Hull, on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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Hull has a well-publicised problem with fly-tipping. In the summer the council launched a “stop the drop” campaign, sending 30,000 leaflets to homes in flytipping blackspots in an effort to crack down on the illegal dumping of rubbish.

A report to the meeting on November 28 admits closing the sites could result in “localised short-term flytipping adjacent to the sites” if people abandon their rubbish.

Officials say they will publicise the changes and CCTV is posted on the sites.

East Riding Council has also expressed concern that waste from Hull may be taken to their sites.

However Hull officials believe that is unlikely.

The sites, which are run by FCC Environment, on behalf of the council, recycle scrap metal, small electrical items, TVs and fridges, along with oil, plasterboard and gas bottles. The cuts are expected to impact on temporary agency staff.

The council recycles around 45 per cent of its rubbish.

By 2019/2020 the council will have lost £136m - 55 per cent of its core government funding.