Anger over market place waste centre

RIPON’s market square has become a drop-off point for household waste under a new council scheme.

Under a three-month trial launched by Harrogate Borough Council this week, Ripon’s Market Place will host a staffed ‘mobile recycling centre’ vehicle every alternate Tuesday for three hours to enable nearby residents to dispose of their re-usable rubbish.

The plan – which was put into effect this morning – has been criticised by the Mayor of Ripon, Coun Mick Stanley, who says although more recycling should be encouraged, Market Place is the wrong location for the centre.

“I cannot understand why the Harrogate Borough Council officers thought it was appropriate. Market Place is a beautiful space and it will become a rubbish collecting area and I don’t think that’s what the square should be,” he said.

Coun Stanley says he would like to see the mobile recycling centre – which will be accepting glass bottles and jars, newspapers, food tins, and aerosols – continue in Ripon but at another location.

He is placing the issue on the agenda of the next meeting of Ripon City Council’s Finance and General Purposes committee, on June 6, so councillors can discuss the matter.

Harrogate Borough Council has set up the trial to assist Ripon’s city centre residents who wish to recycle but whose properties are inaccessible for its standard kerbside recycling service.

Postcards were sent to 305 households setting out the details of the scheme and inviting them to use the new service, which will operate on alternate Tuesdays, from 7.30 - 10.30am, for a trial period until August 23.

Coun Michael Harrison, Harrogate council’s cabinet member for environment, said “This is an example of this council trying out a new service for residents to make sure that we are providing what people want.

“We hope the scheme will be an innovative recycling solution to service an area that is hard to reach.”