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More than a dozen recycling sites to be axed in West Cumbria

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Fifteen recycling sites are being axed across Copeland as the borough council claims they're no longer needed.

The authority says improved kerbside recycling collections over the past 18 months has led to a reduction in the amount of waste being taken to collection sites.

Ten large recycling centres will continue to operate when the fifteen others close by the end of November.

The council currently spends £40,000 a year operating the sites that will be removed.

“We have received a number of complaints that recycling sites are unsightly, they sometimes attract anti-social behaviour, and can be abused by businesses for their trade waste. From an operational point of view, they can be difficult to manage as use is unpredictable and material is often not put into the containers, and they can cause litter problems, particularly in windy weather.

“Coupled with the high cost of running the sites, in relation to the income they generate, it’s simply not viable for us to continue to offer a kerbside collection to more than 96 per cent of households, and still run the 25 recycling sites that we historically did.

“We appreciate that this may cause some inconvenience, and we’d encourage residents who may have particular difficulties to contact us so we can support them to continue recycling.”

– Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland

The 15 sites being removed are:

  • Kings Head, Main Street (Bootle)
  • Calderbridge Village Hall
  • Main Street car park (Cleator)
  • Ennerdale Scout Camp
  • Eskdale Green car park
  • Frizington Road car park
  • East Road (Lowca)
  • Moor Row Working Men's Club
  • The Screes (Nether Wasdale)
  • Nether Wasdale campsite
  • Churchstile Caravan Park (Nether Wasdale)
  • Parton play area
  • Main Street car park (Pica)
  • Brown Cow (Waberthwaite)
  • Wasdale Head campsite