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Removal of Recycling Banks

Cornwall Council is removing its recycling banks from 65 sites across Cornwall.

These recycling banks were put in place before we introduced our household recycling collections. Recycling is collected from every household in Cornwall every two weeks.

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We are not removing banks provided by supermarkets in their car parks.  We are also not removing those at our 14 Household Waste and Recycling Centres.

If you've been using the recycling banks, please:

The Council’s Cabinet agreed to remove the banks at a meeting last year. If you'd like to know more, please read the minutes of the relevant agenda item.

We have given town and parish councils the option of taking over the management of recycling banks in their area.

We expect the removal of the recycling banks to be complete by the end of September 2020. 

TownSite nameBanks to be removed week beginning 
Boscastle Car Park Banks removed 08/09/2020
Bude Summerleaze Banks removed 21/08/2020
Callington New Road Car Park Banks removed 03/09/2020
Calstock Car Park Banks removed 21/08/2020
Camborne Rosewarne Car Park Banks removed 14/08/2020
Camelford Churchfield Car Park Banks removed 09/09/2020
Carlyon Bay Beach Road  Banks removed 23/03/2020
Cawsand Car Park Banks removed 26/08/2020
Constantine Parish Church Banks removed 28/08/2020
Coverack Car Park Banks removed 17/08/2020
Delabole Delabole Banks removed 08/09/2020
Downderry Broads Yard Car Park Banks removed 27/08/2020
Falmouth Swanpool Car Park Banks removed 10/08/2020
Falmouth Grove Place Car Park Banks removed 10/08/2020
Falmouth Gyllyngvase Car Park Banks removed 10/08/2020
Fowey Squires Field Car Park Banks removed 26/08/2020
Gerrans Car Park Banks removed 14/09/2020
Gunnislake Chapel Street Car Park Banks removed 04/09/2020
Hayle Commercial Road Banks removed 06/08/2020
Helford Car Park Banks removed 17/08/2020
Helston Fairground Car Park Banks removed 13/08/2020
Helston Trengrouse Way Banks removed 13/08/2020
Liskeard Sungirt Car Park Banks removed 07/09/2020
Liskeard Westborne Car Park Banks removed 07/09/2020
Little Trethewey St Leven Banks removed 18/08/2020
Looe Millpool Car Park Banks removed 26/08/2020
Lostwithiel Cott Road Car Park Banks removed 28/08/2020
Mullion Atlantic Forge Car Park Banks removed 06/08/2020
Newquay Mount Wise Car Park Banks removed 03/09/2020
Padstow Link Road Banks removed 02/09/2020
Par Hamleys Corner Car Park Banks removed 19/08/2020
Pendeen Pendeen Car Park Banks removed 17/09/2020
Penzance Wherry Town Banks removed 10/08/2020
Perranporth Wheal Leisure Car Park Banks removed 14/08/2020
Polbathic Car Park Banks removed 07/08/2020
Polperro Polperro CP School Banks removed 26/08/2020
Polruan Vevery Car Park Banks removed 11/09/2020
Port Issac St Endellion Car Park Banks removed 17/09/2020
Porthcothan Car Park Banks removed 29/09/2020
Porthcurno Car Park Banks removed 18/08/2020
Porthleven Shrubberies Car Park Banks removed 20/08/2020
Porthtowan Car Park Banks removed 11/08/2020
Redruth New Cut Car Park Banks removed 11/08/2020
Rosudgeon Prussia Cove Road Banks removed 20/08/2020
Saltash Culver Road Car Park Banks removed 25/08/2020
Seaton Car Park Banks removed 27/08/2020
St Agnes Trelawney Road Car Park Banks removed 11/08/2020
St Austell Priory Road Car Park Banks removed 26/08/2020
St Buryan Community Centre Banks removed 18/08/2020
St Dennis Robartes Road Car Park Banks removed 20/08/2020
St Ives Trenwith Car Park Banks removed 19/08/2020
St Just Lafrowda Banks removed 18/09/2020
St Just in Roseland St Just in Roseland Banks removed 14/09/2020
St Martin Village Hall Banks removed 17/08/2020
St Mawes Main Car Park Banks removed 10/09/2020
St Merryn St Merryn Holiday Village Banks removed 15/09/2020
Stratton Car Park Banks removed 24/08/2020
The Lizard Lay-by Banks removed 06/08/2020
Tintagel Car Park Banks removed 24/08/2020
Torpoint Antony Road Car Park Banks removed 01/09/2020
Trekenning
Trekenning Road Car Park
Banks removed 23/03/2020
Trethurgy Village Hall Banks removed 18/08/2020
Truro Viaduct Car Park Banks removed 12/08/2020
Wadebridge Piggy Lane Banks removed 07/08/2020

 

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The decision to remove recycling banks

This decision was made as part of the Neighbourhood Overview and Scrutiny Panel inquiry into the Council’s Resources and Waste Strategy. It included a consultation with Members who are elected to represent the public. The results of this inquiry and the member decisions are available to the public via the Council’s website.

There is no appeals process as this decision was taken as a result of the inquiry and has already been approved by Members.

Removal of recycling banks

We are only removing recycling banks inherited from Cornwall’s former district councils.  This is in line with what other local authorities have already done or are currently undertaking.

We are not removing the recycling banks provided by supermarkets in their car parks. Recycling banks are also located at our 14 household waste and recycling centres.

Signs will be put up a number of weeks before the banks are removed and will remain there for a period after the banks have been removed. The banks will either be reused or recycled.

We will be monitoring the sites for any recycling deposited on site after the banks have gone and will check for evidence of the owner. The sites will be checked regularly and any dumped recycling will be removed and, if possible, recycled.

Commercial waste

We found that businesses often used these recycling banks illegally to dispose of their commercial waste. All businesses should pay for commercial waste collection instead of burdening local taxpayers.

If you run a business you will need to find a commercial waste operator. Search online or ask neighbouring businesses which provider they use. Please ensure you use registered waste carriers who are authorised to collect and dispose of your waste.

Flytipping

Recycling banks are a magnet for fly tipping and other unsightly and littering. Unlike the banks in supermarket car parks or at Council recycling centres, they are rarely located in busy places. These are not staffed or checked frequently, nor under the gaze of CCTV.

Charity recycling banks

There are a number of charities who have provided banks on these sites, usually for collecting textiles. These include The Salvation Army and The British Heart Foundation. We will let these charities know that we are removing council-owned banks and why. Charities may choose to keep their banks in place or choose new locations for them.

Using the kerbside collection 

Most people in Cornwall are able to use the standard kerbside recycling collection service. If you have a lot of recycling, you can order additional bags at on our recycling page. If you need help using the kerbside collection service please contact us at cornwallrecycles@cornwall.gov.uk .

If you’ve never used the kerbside recycling system and you don’t have the bags and box, fill in the online form on our recycling page. Using this page, you can also find out what you can and can’t recycle using our searchable A-Z.

Find your nearest Household Waste and Recycling centre

Go to www.cornwall.gov.uk and enter your postcode in the ‘Where I live’ search box on the right hand side of the homepage.