South Ruislip HRRC Site to close
This site will be closed with effect from 6.00pm on Saturday 31st May 2014.
The South Ruislip Household Re-use & Recycling Centre (HRRC) is provided and managed by the West London Waste Authority (WLWA) but is funded by Hillingdon Council.
Hillingdon Council has not agreed to cover the full operating costs of the HRRC site for 2014 – 2015. Therefore the last day that this HRRC site will be open is Saturday 31st May 2014.
To find out about alternative HRRC sites you can use check out our recycling sites section.
- When will the site close?
- Why is the Recycling Centre closing?
- Who made the decision to close the recycling centre?
- How much does the site cost to run?
- How is the site paid for?
- What is included in the cost?
- Could the cost of operating the site be reduced?
- How can I have my say about this decision and who should I contact?
- Does the Mayor of London have any concerns over the closure of the site?
- Where can I take my waste and recycling after the recycling centre has been closed?
- Are there any charges for using alternative Recycling Centres?
- What will happen to the land?
- Does the closure of the recycling centre site affect the other activities on the site?
- How will this affect the staff employed at the site?
The site will close at 6.00 pm on Saturday 31st May 2014.
The recycling centre is provided and operated by the West London Waste Authority (WLWA). The funding for it is provided by Hillingdon Council. Hillingdon Council has been unable to confirm funding to meet the full costs of the site in 2014 – 2015 and onwards. Without this the site cannot remain open.
A decision was taken by members of the WLWA on 11th April 2014 that the site could only continue to run if Hillingdon Council could confirm they would cover the running costs or take over running of the site over the coming years. You can read a copy of South Ruislip closure report considered by the 6 Councillors (one from each of the six west London councils, including Hillingdon).
The cost of operating the current level of service is £715,000 per year; this does not include the costs of disposing of the waste that residents take there.
By agreement, the provision and operation of recycling centres is the responsibility of each individual Council. Some councils choose to operate the centres themselves whilst others pay WLWA the full cost of providing the service on their behalf. In the case of the Victoria Road Recycling Centre, Hillingdon Council has been paying WLWA to provide the service on its behalf.
The cost of providing the recycling centre includes:
- Rental of the land and buildings;
- The cost to provide staff
- Plant and equipment
- Fuel and other services
Various options for reducing the cost of the recycling centre have been proposed to Hillingdon Council but it has not been possible to reach agreement.
Whilst the decision was taken by WLWA, if you would like to express a view about this please contact Hillingdon Council.
WLWA has informed the Mayor’s staff at the Greater London Authority of the situation and no concerns over the site’s closure have been raised. There are alternative recycling centres across the west London area available for residents to use.
A leaflet detailing alternative facilities available to residents is being handed out to visitors to the Victoria Road centre. Details of other HRRC sites can be found on this website.
If you live in the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow or Richmond upon Thames, you are able to use any of the HRRC sites in these areas. The way each HRRC is operated may vary; this includes opening times, types of waste accepted, vehicle restrictions and charges. Residents are advised to check local arrangements and take proof of address with you.
There are currently no plans in place for the use of the land after 31st May. Until such time as an alternative use is identified there is the possibility that, if Hillingdon Council are able to fund the full running costs the recycling centre site could re-open.
The operation of the waste transfer station that is next to the recycling centre is not affected by its closure. Waste collected by west London councils, including Hillingdon, will continue to be delivered to the transfer station where it will be packed in to containers and sent by rail for disposal. The transfer station is managed and operated by SITA UK Ltd under a 25 year contract that commenced in January 2014.The closure of the recycling centre is not connected with operation of the transfer station.
Every effort will be made to find alternative jobs for the staff currently working on the site.