Residents are having their say about the booking process at recycling centres

News / Tue 31st Oct 2023 at 10:19am

OVER 10,000 residents have completed the consultation on the future of the booking process at Essex County Council recycling centres.

Essex County Council’s consultation on the future of the recycling centre booking process has already seen more than 10,000 people have their say.

The council is proposing to keep a booking process at all 21 recycling centres but is inviting people to share their views before a final decision is made.

The booking process was first introduced for vans and large vehicles back in February 2022. The trial was then extended to cars visiting Rayleigh Recycling Centre in June 2022. In March 2023, bookings were extended to all vehicles visiting all 21 sites on a trial basis.

An interim evaluation of the trial shows there has been a reduction in queues since the booking trial started.

The current six-week consultation launched on 9 October and is open until 19 November, so there is still plenty of time for people to complete the survey.

Councillor Peter Schwier, Cabinet Member for Environment, Waste Reduction and Recycling, said: “We have already received a brilliant amount of feedback and responses to the consultation so far.

“Our recycling centres play a valuable role in our waste and recycling services. It’s therefore important that we hear from as many people as possible about our proposals.

“No decisions have been made yet. We want to know what residents think before making a final decision on whether to keep the booking process permanently.”

To find out more and complete the consultation survey, visit essex.gov.uk/recyclingcentrebookings

To request the survey in another format, please call 0345 603 7625.

The deadline for responses to the consultation is Sunday 19 November. Postal responses will be accepted for five working days following the deadline.

A summary report of the consultation feedback will be published after the consultation is complete. Responses will be analysed by an external company.

The consultation feedback will be used to inform a future decision on whether to keep a booking process for recycling centres in Essex.

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4 Comments for Residents are having their say about the booking process at recycling centres:

Eric Bookbinder
2023-11-01 00:22:07

It reduced queues by 10% while making the process of using the recycling centre 400% more tedious and also increasing fly tipping. The queues weren't that bad before. This is fixing a problem that doesn't exist while creating a much worse problem.

Kim Oconnor
2023-11-01 09:52:12

Well said Eric.

Linda Cooper
2023-11-01 09:56:31

If we have to continue to pre book appointments to re cycle. Harlow will become and is starting to become a fly tipping town.

2023-11-01 09:59:50

Council are shory sighted. Prebook equates to more flytipping. It was obvious and it happened.

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