THE OPENING hours at Whitby’s Cholmley Way tip are set to be reduced in an attempt to reduce costs, following a public consultation.
From 6 July all household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) across North Yorkshire will close on Wednesdays, with the intention of cutting operating costs by 10%.
A North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) spokesperson said: “We investigated more than 20 possible options for reducing opening hours and consulted site users throughout February on the two options that we considered would have the least impact.
“More than 4,000 users responded to the consultation and 87% of those preferred the option to close all HWRCs on the quietest weekday.”
NYCC provides 19 HWRCs at an annual cost of £5.1million.
Around £2.1m of this cost relates to providing and operating the sites, with the remaining £3m being the cost of recycling, composting and disposing of the 80,000 tonnes of waste delivered to the network.
Tony Norris, the council’s waste services manager, said there was a need to cut £500,000 from the waste management budget.
He added: “An additional benefit is that reduced opening hours may enhance the service quality as we can carry out routine maintenance, servicing and site improvements whilst the site is closed to the public.”
HWRCs will also continue to close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
To find the location of your nearest HWRC or to check opening times visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/hwrc or telephone the customer service centre on 0845 8727374.