Skegness recycling centre opening hours to be slashed by 58%

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WASTE recycling in Skegness is set to take a major knock after the county council announced plans for swingeing cuts to the opening hours of the town’s site.

The household waste recycling centre in Skegness is normally open 66 hours a week over seven days during the ‘summer’ months.

However, in a bid to make budget savings the council has announced that the centre will now only operate for 28 hours a week over four days - a whopping 58 per cent cut to the existing service.

As of April 1, when summer hours normally kick in, the site will only be open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 9am to 4pm each day.

That stands in stark contrast to the 8am to 6pm weekday opening hours and 8am to 4pm weekend times that would normally operate over the same period.

The decision to reduce centre opening hours across the county was taken at an Executive meeting yesterday (Tuesday).

The cutbacks affect all 13 of the county’s Household Waste Recycling Centres, but none will be scrapped completely.

Announcing the cutbacks the council said that the moves would help towards securing £1.2 million in savings, while also guaranteeing that none of the county’s existing sites would need to close.

Executive Member for Waste Services and Green Issues, Councillor Lewis Strange, said: “I’m delighted to be able to confirm this news, which means we can keep all 13 of our excellent household waste recycling centres open for people to use.

“We do still need to save £1.215m from the waste budget for this year however, which is why the opening hours and days have been changed to help achieve this.”

Councillor Strange added: “Despite the changes, I’m sure people will carry on doing all they can to help boost our tremendous recycling levels even higher.

“Almost 53 per cent of household waste is now recycled, compared to a national average of 42 per cent, thanks to residents making great use of our 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres and the excellent kerbside collections provided by the district councils.”

They added that there remained flexibility to review these arrangements as necessary.