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Public set to have their say on waste site changes

Reduction in opening hours and greater emphasis on re-use among proposals

A glass bottle being recycled

Potential changes to Leicestershire’s recycling and household waste sites will be discussed by county councillors next week.

The proposals, which set out to save £330,000 over the next six years, include:

  • Reducing opening hours during the quietest periods;
  • Increasing re-use;
  • Setting up a chargeable service for difficult-to-dispose of waste, such as car tyres and railway sleepers;
  • Measures to prevent commercial fridges and freezers being disposed at the taxpayers’ expense. 


Next Tuesday (25 June), cabinet will discuss whether the plans to reduce the opening hours, which would, themselves, save £136,000, should go out to wider consultation – so that residents and organisations can have their say.

The changes to opening hours would affect just under six per cent of the 1.5 million visits made to the council’s waste sites each year.

Currently, the sites open until 7pm on summer evenings and the proposals outline a move to close sites at 5pm.

We’re having to make difficult choices across the council in order to continue to make savings. We’ve looked at many options across our recycling and household waste sites, including assessing what the impact would be on our site users and the potential savings. 

We’re very committed to not closing any sites as that would have a significant impact on people using the sites. If approved by cabinet, we’ll be asking the public, voluntary groups and charities to have their say on these proposals.

If approved by cabinet, the county council will be asking the public, voluntary groups and charities to have their say on these proposals.

Blake Pain added: “We’re dedicated to supporting any initiatives which help the environment and that includes looking, later in the year, at the way we collect items that could be reused rather than go to landfill, for example, garden tools, mirrors and bric-a-brac.” 

Cabinet will discuss the proposals when it meets on Tuesday, 25 June at 2pm – tune in and watch online at:


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