Foresters Hall Recycling site faces closure

Town Councillors Environment and Leisure committee will consider whether the current recycling bring site located within Foresters Hall Car Park could be removed.

The report says

The recycling bring site located in Foresters Hall Car Park is provided by Wealden District Council under their waste and recycling contract which is now with Biffa.

Uckfield Town Council is carrying out some work to the car park at Foresters Hall to patch potholes, reconfigure the area to create more parking spaces, and provide better access for those using the hall, at the front of the building. In the planning of these works, the Estates and Facilities Manager made contact with Wealden District Council to see if the recycling bring site could be moved or re-located to another side of the hall, to assist with the changes within the car park.

Wealden District Council advised that they are currently reviewing the use of their recycling bring sites and have found that many are producing far less material than they used to, because of the household waste collection, collecting recycling materials at the kerbside. They therefore suggested removing the bring site altogether. They would also remove the fencing that currently sits around the recycling bring site and repair the surface where the post holes are.

Wealden District Council have advised that any residents who currently use this facility could use their recycling bin at their own property, or the alternative recycling bring site at the Highlands Inn, Tesco or Luxfords car park.

Wealden District Council noted that they are currently collecting less than half the amount of recycling material from the facility at Foresters Hall, compared with the figures recorded in 2013. This reduction correlates with the introduction of the improved kerbside recycling service in 2013, and when they started to collect glass bottles and jars directly from each household. They are also finding that more of the material now being disposed of through these sites originates from commercial sources.

The Town Council was previously contacted by the District Council in2018 when they carried out a review of the recycling bring sites as part of the development of their new waste contract. At the time, Uckfield had eight recycling bring sites –

  • Bellbrook Business Park
  • Foresters Hall Car Park
  • Highlands Inn Car Park
  • Luxfords Car Park
  • Regency Close
  • Tesco’s car park
  • Victoria Pleasure Ground Car Park
  • West Park Recreation Ground Car Park.

The main sites in Uckfield with higher usage are considered to be Highlands Inn Car Park, Luxfords Car Park and Tesco Car Park. At the time, members wished for all the bring sites to stay.

Councillors will consider next Tuesday and respond to Wealden.

Source – Uckfield Town Council

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