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Recycler celebrates saved Suffolk centres

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A Suffolk business that saved two recycling centres from the chop celebrated its success with a visit from local council leaders.

The centres at Bramford and Brome were two of seven sites that Suffolk County Council planned to close as part of £42m budget cuts until family business Bolton Brothers Recycling & Waste Management of Great Blakenham took them on.

The council-run service was free and Bolton Brothers do not charge for recyclable and sorted waste. Theydo, however, levy a £6 fee per carload or trailer of non-recyclable or non-sorted materials.

Bolton Brothers processes over 100,000 tonnes of waste a year. Under the deal with the council it takes responsibility for the site and the waste received, and pays the council a peppercorn rent to use the land.

Commercial director Reuben Bolton – who runs the business alongside his father, brother and sister - said: “Residents were up in arms about the closure and so we approached Suffolk County Council. It’s working well – it’s a new project for us. We are a recycling company so we wanted to give it a stab.”

The site was visited by Suffolk County Council leader Mark Bee and his colleagues Steve Palfrey, head of waste management, and Lisa Chambers, portfolio holder for waste.

Left to right in the photo above: Mark Deer, Suffolk County Council; Graham Gormer, site operative Bolton Brothers; Michael Bolton jnr,production director, Bolton Brothers; SCC councillor John Field; Lisa Chambers, SCC portfolio holder for waste; John Hooker,Bramford Parish Council chairman; Reuben Bolton; Mark Johncock, team leader Bolton Brother.

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