banks to be removed from Burnham and Highbridge car parks
All recycling banks in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's car
parks will be removed next month as the firm that collected and
processed the material has ended its service.
The recycling banks were serviced by national waste firm DS Smith
to boost the kerbside collections provided by Somerset Waste Partnership
for Sedgemoor District Council.
After DS Smith decided to close its Exeter centre and cease local
bring bank services, attempts to find a replacement firm proved
inconclusive as no company responded to a formal tender.
The services have been popular for many years at local car parks,
including Lynton Road in Burnham-On-Sea, Bank Street in Highbridge
and Berrow Village Car Park.
Council and charity bring banks will be removed at the same time,
but charity banks may be able to return once any remaining littering
and fly-tipping at the sites has ceased.
will be put up in the 11 locations to inform users of the end
of the service, and all parishes and local councillors are being
A Somerset Waste Partnership spokesperson said: "Following
the DS Smith decision to end its services, all waste firms were
able to bid for the formal tender. None did, reflecting the falling
value of bring bank items over the past few years and the low
quality of materials collected from these banks."
"The bring banks attract fly-tipping and litter, while much
of the contents have proved to be a mixture of rubbish and commercial
waste that companies should legally have paid to have removed
rather than expecting council tax payers to meet the bill."
The bring banks took a variety of recyclable materials, from
cans, card and paper to both glass and plastic bottles, and beverage
They were the last public sector recycling banks in Somerset
as all others were removed with the county-wide roll-out of the
Sort It Plus kerbside recycling service that collects a dozen
materials every week and the growing range of materials taken
at recycling centres.
Any residents that have used the bring banks are advised to add
materials to their kerbside collections, or take them to Highbridge
Recycling Centre at Isleport Business Park, Bennett Road, Highbridge,
TA9 4PW (open Monday 8am-7pm; Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8am-4pm;