Residents who make use of Fenland’s three household waste recycling sites are being urged to take part in a consultation on the future of the county-wide service.
The consultation, organised by Cambridgeshire County Council, is currently under way and will run until Friday, September 26.
The county council says some changes to the service are necessary to help contribute to the £149 million in savings required from its budget over the next five years.
The options being put forward include the possible closure of some of the county’s nine household recycling centres (HRCs). Other proposals include reducing sites’ weekday opening hours and opening days or charging for certain types of waste such as hardcore and plasterboard.
Cllr Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s cabinet member responsible for the environment, said: “Household waste sites – and ready access to them – are a very important service provided by the county council. They help us maintain our good recycling record and reduce the potential for flytipping in the area.
“Faced with the urgent need to save money, the county is now looking to make some changes to that service. The many different options include reducing sites’ opening hours and even the closure of up to three sites across the county.
“I urge everyone who uses our three sites to take the opportunity to express their views on all the proposals. It is vital that Fenland’s voice is heard and taken fully into account when decisions on any changes are made.”
The consultation is part of a review which the county council is conducting with all the members of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste partnership (RECAP) to ensure that any potential issues such as flytipping are taken into account.
The results of the consultation will be presented to the county council’s Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee in the autumn.
To have your say, visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentreservice. To get a paper form, call the county council on 01223 715459.