*Shropshire residents could “face charges” at recycling centres

Leader of Telford and Wrekin council, councillor Shaun Davies, has issued a warning to Shropshire council residents regarding potential charges for using recycling centres in Telford and Wrekin.

Cllr Shaun Davies

This caution comes amidst discussions of budget cuts that may result in the closure of certain recycling facilities.

In a letter addressed to the leader of Shropshire council Lezley Picton, councillor Davies highlighted concerns about the impact of proposed closures, particularly emphasising the potential negative effects on nearby facilities such as Halesfield Recycling Centre, should the Bridgnorth Household Recycling Centre be shut down.

While Shropshire council’s plans remain subject to consultation, the implications for residents accessing recycling services in Telford and Wrekin are a point of concern, according to the councillor.


Mr Davies said: “I appreciate the financial challenges facing councils across the country and that difficult decisions need to be taken against a backdrop of reduced central Government funding, but I cannot allow service cuts for residents of Shropshire council to have a negative impact in Telford and Wrekin.

“We will respond to Shropshire council’s consultation on proposed changes to waste management services and if closures of recycling centres go ahead, we will look at all options to mitigate against the impact on our own residents.

“This would include but would not be limited to charging Shropshire residents and businesses for the use of household recycling centres within Telford and Wrekin.”

The public will be able to respond to proposed changes to Shropshire council’s waste management services when a public consultation launches later this year.

To find out more about plastics, please visit the National Letsrecycle.com Conference on 6 June at QEII Centre in London. To book tickets to attend or for more information please click here.

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