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Council to bin recycling points as household recycling rockets

04 July 2017

Bin recycling point. Rochdale Borough Council is dumping its last community recycling collection points, which have become a haven for flytippers and are no longer needed because household recycling rates have soared.

The collection points, which were introduced in the 1980s, are mainly located in car parks and at licensed premises throughout the borough.

But the introduction of domestic recycling bins means the need for such sites has diminished significantly. 

Recent recycling results at 57% have been some of the highest in the borough's history – thanks to the efforts of residents who have embraced the council's recycling drives and done more to stop waste going to landfill.

Sadly, persistent fly-tipping at the recycling collection points means the decision has been taken to close the last four remaining sites. Closures will begin on Monday, 17 July 2017, and all sites will be removed by the end of July 2017.

Residents and businesses are being given plenty of notice that these collection points are being removed, and the council will monitor the sites closely to ensure that they are not being used for fly-tipping.

'Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence which can lead to imprisonment or fines of up to £50,000.'

Councillor Neil Emmott, the council's cabinet member for housing and environment, said: "It's unfortunate that despite achieving recycling success in the home, recycling collection points are consistently being used to dispose of unwanted rubbish rather than recycling and can no longer be a justified resource.  It is a shame for those who want to recycle that this solution has to be removed due to the behaviour of a few."

For any queries, please contact the council's environmental management team at or 0300 303 8884.