VILLAGERS in Horsley Woodhouse are upset after a plastics recycling bin was removed by Amber Valley Borough Council.
The bin, in the car park of the Old Oak Inn, on Main Street, has been taken away as part of borough-wide cost-cutting measures which reduced the number of plastics bins from 43 to 15.
Landlady Tracey Creighton said: “It’s very inconvenient. We’re not impressed. Most of the village use it and there’s not another one around here.
“Obviously a lot of people in the village aren’t in a position to drive to Tesco, in Heanor. It was very well used and this defeats the whole object of recycling.
Tracey says the bin was regularly filled to capacity and bags containing plastic are still being left where it once stood.
Regular recyler Mary Ruddock used the Old Oak Inn recycling bin. She said: “It’s ridiculous that they’ve taken it away. They’re expecting people to put plastic into the wheelie-bin or travel to the supermarket. It just seems completely against what people want. It’s like a step backwards.”
Craig Carter, of Hill View Close, in the village, said: “We’re having to throw plastic in the dustbin because the nearest recycling point is Tesco, in Heanor. We have recycling containers for glass outside our house.
“It’s creating more rubbish and it will create more landfill.”
Amber Valley Borough Council’s director of environmental services Julian Townsend said: “It was necessary to remove some of the less well used plastic recycling sites to achieve savings required by reductions in Government funding.
“Regrettably this was one of the sites that was not cost-effective to keep.
“We have, however, kept the sites that collected almost 80 per cent of all plastics across the borough and believe that these can take what would have been put in the lost sites.”
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