The Cabinet of Bridgend County Borough Council has agreed to organise public consultation over a money-saving proposal that could reduce the availability of community recycling centres to six days a week instead of seven.
The centres, which are located at Tythegston, Maesteg and Bryncethin, are currently available seven days a week all year round except for national holidays. While this would be reduced to six days a week under the new proposal, the centres would continue to be available on weekends.
The move would save around £50,000 and has been developed to help the council meet an urgent need to reduce its waste services budget as part of the medium term financial strategy.
Cllr John Spanswick, Cabinet member for Communities, said: “In an ideal world such a move would not be necessary, but we have to be realistic and accept that this authority has already covered a £72m shortfall in funding since 2010-11.
“While the proposal demonstrates how it is becoming increasingly difficult to find areas where savings can be made while also protecting people from feeling the effects of such cuts, I hope that the consultation will help us identify which day would have the least impact upon residents.
“For example, we will be considering options such as ensuring that all sites remain open on Mondays, or looking at whether the closure day at each of the three sites could be staggered so that a minimum of two sites remain available at all times.”
The consultation is expected to last for 12 weeks and full details on how you can take part will be announced soon. For more information on community recycling centres in Bridgend County Borough, please visit the waste and recycling pages at www.bridgend.gov.uk