THE trial of a mobile recycling service on Ripon’s market square has ended early after objections from city councillors.
The scheme involving a vehicle visiting the square once a fortnight began on May 31 and was scheduled to last until August 23 before a decision was made on making the service permanent.
But following a letter from Ripon City Council asking for the scheme to be stopped, Coun Michael Harrison – Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for environment – has decided to end the project prematurely.
He said: “Whilst I am disappointed that the city council did not support allowing the trial to continue through to its planned review date next month, I had made it clear that I would not continue with the trial if this was against the wishes of either the city council or residents.”
Harrogate Borough Council set up the trial to assist 305 city centre households which are inaccessible to the standard kerbside recycling service.
It followed the successful introduction of a similar scheme on Knaresborough’s market place.
The Ripon scheme involved a small lorry acting as a drop-off point for waste which visited the square for three hours on alterate Tuesdays.
Coun Harrison said: “Households in Ripon without kerbside recycling who wish to keep recycling can use the banks for glass and cans in St Marygate car park, and those for glass, cans, paper, textiles and plastic bottles located in the car park of Morrisons on Harrogate Road.
“This is in addition to the waste recycling centre off Dallamires Lane.
“I will continue to try to increase the opportunities residents have to recycle so that as much waste as possible is diverted away from landfill and to avoid the ever-increasing landfill tax that ultimately all residents pay through their council tax.”