Garden waste dilemma over centre closure

Recycling centre, Eastwood,
Recycling centre, Eastwood,

A resident puzzling over what to do with his garden waste since the closure of the recycling and household waste depot at Eastwood has accused the council of not thinking out the consequences properly.

Work is now under way to re-order the depot, on Halifax Road, and Calderdale Council say it should be open again, with a new and improved layout by the end of December.

In the meantime, they are allowing extra bags of domestic waste to be left out and in the case of around 1,700 households in Todmorden and Hebden Bridge have also arranged for green garden waste to be picked up.

Otherwise they have been urging people to use the council’s other recycling sites, the nearest being at Sowerby Bridge. But it has left householder Trevor Lumb, of Hallroyd Road, Todmorden, wondering what to do with garden waste. He has queried how some areas have been selected for garden waste collections while others have not.

“I don’t think I’m alone in this. I live in Hallroyd Road and they are big gardens. We’re not on the list but they are picking up in Cornholme, Walsden and Harvelin Park.

“I take two green bags down to Eastwood every week of the year with the possible exception of late December, January and February. What am I supposed to do with it? I’m not going to pay to take it to Sowerby Bridge, Halifax or Burnley unless Calderdale reimburse me.

“No thought has been given to the consequences of this,” he said.

Calderdale Council’s Head of Housing, Environment and Renewal, Mark Thompson, said the council was keen to help local residents continue to dispose of their garden waste while improvement work was under way.

“We’re carrying out temporary garden waste collections from 1,700 homes across Todmorden and Hebden Bridge. When choosing the collection routes, the council and Sita needed to make sure we could serve the maximum number of homes possible in the time and with the vehicle capacity available, and at minimal cost – this meant choosing areas that the vehicle could access as quickly and easily as possible,” he said.

“Eastwood is on track to reopen in December 2013, in plenty of time for garden clean ups in spring. We’re also keen to encourage people to try home composing – it’s a low-cost way to keep your garden blooming and you can get discounted compost bins at www.calderdale.gov.uk.”