Proposals to reduce the number of opening days for Dacorum’s waste recycling centres have been met with a petition to keep the borough’s tips open throughout the week.
Herts County Council has launched a public consultation on the plans, which have come about due to the changing of the contractor for recycling services to AmeyCespa.
If approved, the proposals would see two county tips closed down and 14 of the 15 remaining centres – including Hemel Hempstead’s Cupid Green depot and Berkhamsted’s on Northbridge Road – losing two of their opening days, though not at weekends.
But the county’s Liberal Democrats, including councillor for Hemel Hempstead St Pauls Ron Tindall – argue the move would lead to an increase in the already dire flytipping situation in Dacorum.
The party has set up a petition to request they remain open throughout the week, thought the county council estimates that £147million of
estimated £147million savings needed for the service.
Secretary of the Herts Liberal Democrats Steve Wilson described seven-day acess to the service as ‘essential’. He said: “At a time when we are encouraging more people to recycle more material and dispose of their waste in a responsible and sustainable manner, it would be irresponsible to reduce the service.
“Already, in the middle of the week and at the middle of the day, it is often necessary to queue to get into the sites.
“Many people want and, in some cases, need to get rid of waste on the day they do the job. House clearance, garden maintenance and waste from large DIY jobs might fall into this category.
“On this occasion the desire to save money is poorly thought through. Reducing opening hours and days sends the wrong message, is inconvenient, is bad for the environment and when the whole household waste package is considered will probably not produce the expected savings.
“Already our surveys in Highfield and Adeyfield have shown the proposals to be unpopular among residents.”