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Have a say on plans to close Ludlow refuse site
PEOPLE in Ludlow have just a month to try to save the town’s skip and recycling centre.
A proposal to close the Coder Road amenity skip and recycling centre in Ludlow and consider options for the site’s future use is to be considered by Shropshire Council in early November.
The council – with its waste contractor Veolia – operates five household recycling centres (HRCs) across the county, plus the Coder Road amenity skip site.
South Shropshire is the only former Shropshire district to currently have two recycling centres (including the HRC at Craven Arms Business Park).
The council has been reviewing the operation of these recycling centres to identify ways to increase recycling, reduce the amount of the waste that goes to landfill, and make financial savings.
This review found that the recycling rate at Coder Road in the year 2012/13 was less than 30 per cent – compared to an average of 60 per cent at the county’s five household recycling centres.
It found that the Coder Road site is visited just 25,000 times per year, compared to a total of 750,000 visits per year for the five HRCs.
The review found that it would cost the council £600,000 to bring the Coder Road site up to the standard of the county’s five HRCs, but this would only see a 0.2 per cent increase in Shropshire’s recycling rate.
Closure of the site would also save £100,000 a year.
For these reasons the review has recommended that the Coder Road amenity skip site should close and that alternatives for its future use should be considered.
These are to clear the site and sell the land, convert it into an unmanned recycling bank or include it in the redevelopment of an anaerobic digestion plant.
People have until October 21 to have their say about these by completing an online survey.
The Coder Road site opens from noon to 8pm, Tuesdays to Fridays, and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays – compared to 9am to 5pm every day for the five other centres, including Craven Arms.
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