THURROCK Council is cutting back on the number of “recycling bring sites” in the borough.
In 2007/08 — before the introduction of the three-bin system — 350 tonnes of material was recycled through Thurrock’s bring sites.
In the last financial year (2010/11), the recycled material reduced to around 60 tonnes.
Cllr Val Morris-Cook, Thurrock’s portfolio holder for environment, said: “Now we have a large bin for dry recycling instead of the old blue box, people don’t have to go to the bring sites anywhere near as often.
“In addition, most blocks of flats now have recycling systems too.
“It costs the council money every time one of these sites is emptied and they can also attract fly-tipping as some people seem to think they’re able to dump anything there — many are simply no longer cost-effective.
“Over the next few weeks we will be removing many of the less-used sites, but the more popular ones will remain.”
A list of the remaining sites and what can be recycled there is available on the council’s website at www.thurrock.gov.uk/waste