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Pop-up tip investment pledge

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The trial pop-up tip in Dudley could be made permanent and open more often under plans to invest £360,000 in the service.

Hundreds of people have made use of the new facility at Lister Road since it opened two months ago.

It has provided a valuable service for people in the north of the borough to dispose of their waste.

As part of the budget planning for next year the council is looking to invest £120,000 in the service every year for the next three years.

That could allow the pop-up tip to move from monthly to fortnightly opening, something bosses are keen to explore.

Previously, the council had been reliant on the tip at Stourbridge for the whole of the borough.

But the latest proposals means that capacity can be freed up from the Stourbridge site, by opening six days a week instead of seven, saving £210,000 a year.

Figures from the booking system show weekdays have around 50 per cent of slots being used, while weekends show 90 per cent of the capacity is booked over the two days.

Councillor Shaz Saleem, cabinet member for highways and public realm, said:

The pop-up tip has proven an amazing success during this trial period. I have personally been there and spoken to people and they are very delighted with this additional option to dispose of their waste. It makes absolute sense to invest in that to make it a permanent feature, particularly for the people in the north of the borough. We also want to look at making it fortnightly, something we will be exploring over the coming months.
It also gives us options to make better use of the tip in Stourbridge. Figures show that the bookings in the middle of the week are much lower than at weekends, as you’d expect. By operating over six days rather than seven we can make more efficient use of the Stourbridge facility by concentrating bookings over a shorter period.
We will continue to use people’s money wisely while providing the services they expect. This rebalancing of waste and recycling services does exactly that.

The pop-up service will run on the third Saturday of every month from 8am to 3.30pm.

Visitors need to book their trip in advance using the nationally recognised booking system

Items that can be dropped off at the pop-up site include green waste, wood, scrap metal, small electrical items, residual waste, bricks, rubble, plasterboard, household waste, general recycling and now mattresses and furniture.

Oils, car batteries and hazardous waste cannot be accepted.

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