Leadenham recycling centre to close at the end of the month

Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. EMN-150909-170439001

Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. EMN-150909-170439001

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The waste recycling centre at Leadenham will close down on March 31.

Lincolnshire County Council says councillors have made the difficult decision to close the Leadenham and Whisby centres, which are owned and operated by FCC Environment on behalf of the council, when their current contracts expire.

Coun Reg Shore, Executive Member for Waste and Recycling, said: “Our funding from central government is reducing and we need to scale back our spending on services by £170 million over the next four years. As part of this, waste services needs to play its part by cutting its annual waste and recycling budget by £400,000.

“Our policy is to make sure that 95 per cent of residents are within a 12 mile radius of a recycling facility, and the closure of these two facilities won’t affect that. Additionally, these sites are not owned by the council and both would require investment by the council to make improvements.

“Residents who previously took their recycling to the HWRC at Leadenham are encouraged to visit Sleaford instead, and those who used Whisby should visit the site at Great Northern Terrace in Lincoln.

“I understand this may mean slightly longer journeys for some people, but we have a responsibility to make best use of our budget and provide value to the taxpayer.”

The council has also reviewed its supplementary services in Mablethorpe, Stamford and in the South Holland District.

Cllr Reg Shore explains: “After careful consideration of the needs of the local population and by taking on board comments from the Environmental Scrutiny committee, we’re pleased to be able to announce a continuing service at the Mablethorpe and Stamford sites – which is good news for local residents.

“We’ve had to make a few changes though. We will no longer offer additional green waste collections and we’ve had to stop the recycling provision at the Mablethorpe site. Residents can still, however, bring along their household waste to the Mablethorpe and Stamford sites to be disposed of.

“We currently make payments to North Lincolnshire Council for residents to use the HWRC facilities at Kirton Lindsey and Barnetby Top. This is stopping, as we’ve put in place two new HWRCs at Market Rasen and Gainsborough to improve services in those areas. Both centres are open for residents to use from Friday through to Monday.

“Finally, we’ve stopped offering recycling credits to voluntary and charity groups. Unfortunately, due to budgetary constraints, we can no longer afford to do this. This was a difficult decision, but it is necessary to ensure the council continues to provide the core waste disposal service which is essential for our residents. This will not affect the ability for charities to generate their own income by collecting recycling.”