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My letter on the probable closure of the Coder Road tip and recycling centre is published in the South Shropshire Journal today: Shropshire Council is determined to close our tip and recycling centre at Coder Road. As you reported last week, the council received only 112 responses to its second consultation on the closure. That’s no surprise as many people had thought they had made their voice heard in the previous consultation. And more than 2,000 people had signed a petition against the closure. But this petition was not even mentioned in the briefing note sent to Shropshire councillors before the second consultation was launched. It is worth noting the results of the first consultation. Everyone who responded said that Coder Road should be kept open. The real reason that Coder Road does not get enough use – in Shropshire Council’s terms – is that it is only open on…

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Cardboard recycling rates across Shropshire have plummeted since kerbside collection was suspended by Shropshire Council in 2011. The amount collected is down 60%, plunging from 4,000 to 1,676 tonnes. Previously cardboard was composted along with garden and food waste. This was never a good option – cardboard is a useful resource that can be reused – and the practice was ended when composting regulations changed. But it has proved too expensive to reintroduce kerbside collection of cardboard waste under the Veolia contract. In October 2007, Veolia Environmental Services was awarded a 27-year contract by the Shropshire Waste Partnership (now Shropshire Council). I have never heard a good reason why we need a waste contract that lasts more than a quarter of a century. Think of how everything we do has changed since 1980, including our recycling habits. We are already beginning to regret this contract, yet we are stuck with…

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