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Webcam plan for recycling sites

Posted on Tuesday 31st May 2022
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HWRCs currently recycle 42 different types of waste at 14 sites across the county.

Cameras will be introduced this year at Staffordshire’s 14 household waste recycling centres so users can see how busy they are before setting off.

By seeing whether there is a wait, users can stagger their journeys and reduce queueing at peak times.

The initiative is part of an updating and improvement programme by Staffordshire County Council after it ended a management contract with contractors and took over running the sites directly.

Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change, said:

This is a large, complex operation which only closes three days a year and I am delighted by the smoothness of the return in-house.

This will ensure we maintain the best service for residents and it also allows us to be sustainable and innovative at the same time.

Improvements such as the installation of cameras that residents can view on their phone or on their laptop are all part of the process to encourage recycling.”

A report to be considered by the County Council’s Cabinet next week will hear that there are almost 1.6 million visits per year to the HWRCs, with 42 different types of material accepted and an average recycling rate of 71 per cent over five years.

Since returning the service to county council control, the number of lorries removing recycling from sites has increased from four to seven – allowing more material to be accepted at individual HWRCs.

Simon Tagg added:

Later this year we will be detailing investment for a significant improvement and maintenance plan for the years ahead.

We want to make the HWRCs sustainable for the future, encourage greater use now and able to deal with future demand from a growing population.”

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‘Don’t throw, it we will sell it’ – learn more about Staffordshire’s recycling work and help for charity at https://youtu.be/tCbswxFfA-o

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