SCORES of South Derbyshire recycling centres could to be scrapped thanks to the success of a green refuse scheme.
South Derbyshire District Council would keep 10 of its 83 centres in order to save £50,000, which would then meet the costs of its pioneering green bin scheme.
In the first three months of the Easy Green Recycling Scheme, 1,872 tonnes of waste were collected in the new 240-litre green bins and caddies – double the amount collected the year before.
Environmental officers with the authority said use of the recycling centres had fallen by more than half, with 269 tonnes of waste collected during the same three month period - down from 552 tonnes.
In a report to the authority’s environmental and development services committee, Bob Legder said the recycling scheme had cut the need to deliver waste to recycling centres.
He said: “The public perception of recycling is often that it’s an additional income stream for the council.
“The opposite is the reality, recycling costs the authority money.”
Of the eight contractors which operate the district council’s recycling sites, two are paid per tonne collected, two are paid per container emptied, and the rest are emptied for free.
Mr Ledger said: “The reduction in tonnage from sites will impact upon their financial viability and commercial appeal to contractors.
“Contractors may decide that the reduction in tonnage does not warrant the provision of a service and remove their banks from sites irrespective of our wishes.”
The 10 sites which could be kept are in Melbourne’s High Street, Swadlincote’s Rink Drive, Hatton’s Station Road, Hilton’s Main Street, Shardlow’s Wilne Lane, Willington’s Twyford Road, Ticknall’s Ingleby Lane, Overseal’s Woodville Road, Castle Gresley’s Bass’s Crescent, and Hillcrest in Midway.