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Recycling site to close following ongoing vandalism

News release 9918, published on 19 Mar 2021
A borough council recycling site in Black Dam is set to close following ongoing vandalism, fly-tipping and antisocial behaviour.

The banks at the site at Rucstall Community Centre - which include charity clothes banks, a shoe bank and an electrical recycling bank - have been targeted by vandals and fly-tippers since last year. A glass recycling bank has already been removed in December following irreparable damage caused.

The site is set to close by May and the charity banks, which include the Salvation Army, Cystic Fibrosis and the Ark Cancer Charity, have already been notified of this decision.

The site is one of 26 managed by the council across the borough and is not the first to be targeted by vandals in the past year. Incidents including fire damage and fly-tipping have also been reported at recycling sites including Kempshott and Stratton Park.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: "We have taken the difficult decision to close the recycling site at Rucstall Community Centre following ongoing antisocial behaviour and fly-tipping. Since last year we have seen the banks damaged through vandalism and fly-tipping dumped at the recycling site, which is also a car park for the community centre. This level of vandalism is totally unacceptable and, unfortunately, this is not the only recycling site in the borough targeted in this way.

“The repeated damage to the banks has given us no choice but to close the site. The bring banks will be removed and I’d like to remind local residents that they can recycle paper, card, cans, tins and glass at home in their green bins and glass boxes. Details of all the recycling sites, clothing banks and electrical banks in the borough are available on our website."

Residents wishing to dispose of household waste and recycling can book an appointment at their local Household Waste Recycling Centre by visiting www.basingstoke.gov.uk/hwrc
For more information on recycling of clothes and electrical items please visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/recycle

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