Renfrewshire Council

Date set for restoration of recycling sites in Renfrewshire

Four recycling sites in Renfrewshire are to be restored to a full service ahead of schedule.

The sites at Johnstone, Linwood, Erskine and Renfrew had moved to a reduced service during the summer as the council sought to make budget savings in line with available funding.

Last month the council responded to community concerns and agreed to reverse that decision and begin the process of reinstating the services.

At that stage it was anticipated that the change back to the previous service would take between three and six months.

Council bosses are taking a two-stage approach which will enable full service to begin again on Monday November 28, ahead of schedule.

Arrangements will be in place to ensure that sites are fully operational from that date. Early next year the new compactors will be installed.

The sites will revert to their previous winter opening hours, with the exception of Paisley which will continue to operate the new extended hours.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council's Environment Policy Board, said: "It is worth remembering the context in which we made the original changes. It was a genuine attempt to make savings to deal with the funding cuts imposed on the council. Recycling facilities would be kept in local areas albeit with a reduced service.

"However, we have listened and responded to the views of local residents and community groups and we are bringing back the full range of services in all facilities.

"We are working hard to do that earlier than planned and I am pleased to say that a full service will be in place by the end of November."

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