Cuts to HWRCs could harm recycling rates

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Almost a quarter of those surveyed said they visited their HMRC at least every month

Cuts to Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) could curb recycling rates, according to new research by waste management company FCC Environment.

A survey of 2,000 people found spending on HWRCs is more important than recycling collections and even street lighting.

Councils have had to make serious cut backs on their frontline services over the last few years, which has often included reduced opening hours of HWRCs and closing some sites.

Yet a third of people said they want to be able to recycle more and stressed the importance of facilities remaining free to use with longer opening hours.

Almost a quarter said they visited their HMRC at least every month, with 64% having used a HWRC in the last year.

Recycling and rubbish services followed only social services, emergency services and education in people’s priority lists for council spending.

Steve London, regional director for FCC Environment said: “How a council manages its HWRCs has wide impacts on the community, from encouraging ever more recycling to supporting local charities with repair and upcycling schemes.”

FCC Environment runs 96 HWRCs for 24 local authorities around the country and has focused on improving HWRC service with resident permits and re-use shops.

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