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700 giant bins coming to central Brighton and Hove
Seven hundred giant recycling bins are coming to a city centre.
As part of a drive to turn the city centre green, Brighton and Hove City Council wants to roll out the large containers to more than 30,000 homes.
Town hall bosses claim replacing the current kerbside collection will make recycling easier for those living in densely populated areas.
However, critics have raised concern it will lead to the loss of more than 270 parking spaces.
However, the council believes the scheme will save it more than £500,000 over six years, despite a drop in parking income as a result of the lost spaces.
The scheme, which will affect the area from Sackville Road in Hove to Sussex Square in Kemp Town, could begin as early as September.
Parts of Seven Dials and Queen’s Park will be included but Hanover will be excluded.
If approved, locals will have to empty paper, card, cans and plastic bottles into large containers in their street.
The recycling units will be smaller than the large refuse bins and placed near them, where possible.
It comes after a trial of 3,200 homes in the Brunswick and Adelaide areas last year saw the amount recycled increase by 70% - from 12.5% to 21%.
Councillor Pete West, chairman of the council’s environment and sustainability committee, said: “Results of the pilot scheme show that communal recycling works well in densely populated areas of the city and residents have told us that communal bins make it easier for them to recycle and helps keep the streets cleaner.”
Conservative councillor Geoffrey Theobald said he was fully supportive of the scheme.
He added: “However, we are extremely concerned about potentially losing so many car parking spaces in areas of the city where there is already high demand and where there are waiting lists for permits.
“I will be urging the Green administration to look at this again to see if more parking can be retained.”
Streets inside the red line are included in the scheme
If plans are approved at a town hall meeting next week, a mass consultation of the affected area will begin.
A report will then be brought back to the cross-party environment committee in the early summer.
Labour councillor Gill Mitchell said: “We fully support residents being consulted. We have concerns about the impact a lot more bins will have on the streets and obviously the loss of parking spaces.
“It’s for residents to make up their own minds in response to the consultation.”
If introduced, the scheme will be paid for with £840,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government.
This will fund three vehicles and 700 bins, while 12 new recycling points could be established along the seafront.
The council also plans to introduce incentive schemes to encourage residents to recycle more.
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