Work to develop the household waste recycling service in Cambridgeshire is to be heard by the County Council's Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee on 15 July.

The review will look at how to provide an efficient and cost effective recycling service coupled with the need to contribute to the £149 million in savings required from the authority's budget over the next five years.

The options being considered by the Committee include looking at the location, usage and potential closure of some household recycling centres (HRCs) in the county as well as proposals such as charging for certain wastes such as hardcore and plasterboard or reducing weekday opening hours at sites. 

As part of this review, the Council will work closely with the local authorities of RECAP - the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership to ensure any potential issues such as flytipping are taken into account.

Discussions are also taking place with other authorities to learn from their experience prior to any changes being considered by the County Council's Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee in the autumn.

Cllr Roger Hickford, Chair of Highways & Community Infrastructure said: "Across the council we are looking to find savings to deliver the core services which Cambridgeshire and our residents need in the years ahead. No service is immune from this process as we try to manage the increasing demands on our budget. We have an excellent record for recycling in Cambridgeshire and with the support of the City and District Councils we have worked hard to minimise the waste we send to landfill. The challenge we face is to deliver the savings we need without incurring the greater costs of burying rubbish in the ground, deterring recycling, or causing additional pressures on City and District Councils through flytipping.

"This means we are looking very closely at how our household waste recycling service can either save money or generate income to offset its costs. These are not issues which we face in isolation, other authorities across the country are facing the same tough choices but we hope with the help of the public we can create a service which will meet all our needs in the future."

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