Stamford's bin lorry service at the Cattle Market car park has been permanently scrapped
Bin lorries will not return to Stamford's Cattle Market car park for weekly rubbish collections.
The Saturday morning service was suspended at the start of pandemic.
While other facilities reopened in the summer, Lincolnshire County Council said it couldn’t enforce the necessary covid restrictions to bring back the Stamford collections safely.
The service has now been scrapped permanently.
Instead of using the weekly bin lorries to dispose of bulky waste, Stamford residents must travel to the recycling centre in Bourne.
The council will save £36,000 by scrapping the service, which it says will be invested into other waste facilities.
Councillor Daniel McNally (Con), who is responsible for waste, said: “We want to ensure that at least 95 per cent of residents have access to a recycling facility within 12 miles to dispose of their general waste, green waste and recycling.
“Stamford is within 12 miles of Bourne so any additional service is not required.
“The household waste recycling centre at Bourne also offers greater opportunity to recycle and is more accessible to residents than two bin lorries on a Saturday morning.”
Residents are creating a petition with the support of county councillor Richard Cleaver (Ind).
He said: “Stamford is the seventh largest town in Lincolnshire but doesn’t have its own recycling centre.”
There are 11 across the county, including the smaller towns of Sleaford and Market Rasen.
Asked if a monthly service is possible, the council “sees no reason to reintroduce a supplementary service”. It also has no plans to build a new recycling centre but said “should circumstances change, we could look again”.