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Two Flintshire Home Recycling Centres could close to improve efficiency say Flintshire County Council

PLANS to close two of the county’s household recycling centres were met with little enthusiasm when they were discussed by the Environment and Overview Scrutiny committee yesterday

Members were asked to agree to proposals to close waste and recycling sites at Queensferry and Saltney, while making sites at Connah’s Quay, Flint and Hope for recycling only.

The sites at Greenfield, Sandycroft, Mold and Buckley, would remain the same, offering waste disposal and recycling facilities.

The changes, which will be implemented in the spring once the new Sandycroft recycling site is completed, are in response to a need to increase recycling levels in the county.

According to a council report, an increase in users has led to ‘congestion’ and a ‘poor user experience’ in the older or smaller sites, and in order for the county to fulfil the recycling quota of 52% demanded by the Welsh Government, they need to make sure their centres are easy to use and maximise recycling opportunities.

Flintshire County Council’s home recycling centres are the most expensive in Wales, yet fail to achieve expected recycling rates, currently only recycling 44% of its waste.

The remaining six centres would be improved and are all within five miles of 94% of the county’s residents.

Steve Jones, head of Streetscene at Flintshire County Council, said: “The Welsh Government has set statutory targets that 52% of waste must be recycled in the next financial year.

“It’s not about cutting costs, it’s about achieving Government targets for recycling which come into play next year.”

Some councillors, including Cllr George Hardcastle, believe the closures of two sites could lead to an increase in fly-tipping.

He said: “I think it could create a big problem with fly-tipping in Connah's Quay. People won’t sit in traffic jams going to Sandycroft.”

Members voted to ‘note’ the report rather than agree to the recommendation, and it will go before the Executive committee for a final decision next month.