Cheltenham Borough Council is looking at the future of the Swindon Road Recycling Centre to expand the amount of things that can be recycled there.
At a time when all Local Authorities are trying to come to terms with cuts in Government funding, it is right that the Council provides value for money and does not duplicate services provided nearby by other organisations.
The Swindon Road facility is designed for Cheltenham residents to use as a place to recycle items which cannot fit in their green boxes. Recycling is clearly the most environmental and responsible option; reusing our finite resources, generating a revenue and reducing landfill. The range of items that can be recycled has been expanded in recent years. As part of the current review, the Council is seeking to offer residents the option to recycle even more items such as carpets and mattresses, which currently go to landfill.
Lib Dems also want to introduce a repair and re-use workshop at Swindon Road, which would again reduce landfill and save finite resources.
To do these things we would need to make more space and reduce costs. The green waste facility is duplicating the kerb-side green waste collection service offered to all residents at a modest annual cost. If you have a bigger garden you can have more than one bin. Alternatively subsidised composting containers, a great way of recycling your green waste on site, are available from the County Council.
By switching to the brown bin service or composting at home, you can help reduce the number of car journeys across town which is good news for air quality. However, if you still need to take your garden waste elsewhere, Wingmoor Farm HRC at Stoke Orchard is only 12 minutes away.
The facility for non-recyclable items also duplicates the service provided at Stoke Orchard by the County Council. The Council will still offer a service to collect bulky items from your home.
Here in Cheltenham we are proud of the Liberal Democrat's record of recycling. As we know our environment needs all the help it can get! With this in mind we are considering the possibility of introducing weekly collection of kerbside recycling. Further consultations are happening in the summer. It is really important that people take part and let us know what they think of the proposals.