Anger over site of new recycling banks
EIGHT new recycling banks have been set up as part of Stroud District Council's new waste collection scheme.
The new banks replace a larger number of smaller facilities.
All the new banks are located on the same sites as before apart from in Painswick where they have been moved from the bottom of Stamages Lane car park to the entrance to allow access for the large vehicles used to empty the bins.
Some residents in Painswick are concerned about noise nuisance, extra traffic and visual impact.
District councillor Nigel Cooper (Con, Rodborough) has taken up their cause.
"These new containers are massive, ugly and totally out of keeping with the beautiful area," he said.
"At the very least the containers should be re-sited as many houses look straight onto them. Residents support increased recycling but were dismayed there was no proper consultation."
One resident, Caroline Shaw, has written to the SNJ saying the new banks are 'eyesores' and complaining about noise.
Cllr Simon Pickering, SDC's executive member for the environment, said: "Previously there was some confusion over what you could recycle at each of the smaller sites. You could recycle certain items at one and not at another.
"These new banks are all identical, so you can be sure that whichever one you go to you can recycle exactly the same items."
SDC is working with Painswick Parish Council to gather feedback on the Stamages Lane bank - to comment email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01452 812722.
Plastic packaging, cans, tins, foil, glass, light bulbs, card, paper and cartons can all be recycled at the new facilities and there are also banks for books, DVDs, CDs, textiles and shoes.
The recycling sites can be found at Stroud's Cheapside car park, Cainscross car park, Old Market, Nailsworth, Stamages Lane car park, Painswick, Thomas Keble School, Eastcombe, Stonehouse car park, Marybrook Street car park, Berkeley and the car park in Cam near Tesco. More banks could be sited at other locations in the future.