Cornwall Council have advised that they are making arrangements to remove the recycling banks from the Piggy Lane Car Park site during the week commencing 3 August 2020.

Cornwall Council have stated that they provide a comprehensive kerbside collection with these banks being an extra service they have provided. They comment that there is widespread illegal use of recycling banks by businesses to dispose of their commercial waste. Businesses are legally required to pay for their waste collection and disposal services, through a registered waste management company. The management of this illegally deposited commercial waste creates cost for Cornwall residents and leads to banks getting full too quickly leading to material being left around the banks that can get scattered by the wind.

Signs will be installed from week commencing 20 July 2020, informing users that the banks will be permanently removed from the week commencing 3 August 2020. The signage will remain at the site for 4 weeks after the removal of the banks, to remind users how to recycle their waste, and to advise that any material left at the site after the removal will be classified as fly tipping.

Following removal of the banks, the area in which the recycling banks were located will be monitored. Any recycling material left there will be investigated as fly tipping by the Cornwall Council team.

The site also has textile banks provided by independent charities. Cornwall Council do not manage these banks and will not be removing them as part of this process but will be writing to the charities to let them know about the plan for removal of the recycling facility. It is possible that the charities may choose to either remove or relocate these banks within the area, so we will be in touch about this.

If you have any queries, or you wish to discuss the removal of the recycling bank service, please contact Cornwall Council's Waste Service by emailing