Bring sites phased out as range of kerbside services widens

Published Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Waverley Borough Council is to stop accepting mixed recycling at all seven bring sites in the borough by the end of this month.

This is part of the council’s plan to phase out the sites and expand the range of materials that are accepted for kerbside collection.

All of the materials currently accepted in the mixed recycling bins at the bring sites are able to be recycled via household collection in the existing blue wheelie-bins. The council will continue to accept textiles and electrical equipment at the bring sites until this autumn, when they will begin collection of these at the kerbside also.

Residents have historically had mixed views on the bring sites, with some viewing them as a useful public amenity, while others have complained they are an eyesore and an open invitation to vandalism and fly-tipping. In the longer-term, the council says that phasing out the bring sites will free up valuable space in central locations, which could be used to create additional parking spaces for cycles or electric vehicle charging points.

Councillor Steve Williams, Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability, said: “This is part of our plan to improve services to our residents, increase recycling and lower our carbon footprint by widening the range of materials that residents can easily recycle from home.

“It’s also a win-win scenario for the environment, because it will give us the potential to encourage zero carbon transport, for example, by using the space at the former bring sites to provide spaces for cycles or for charging electric vehicles.”

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