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Groundbreaking recycling centre set to reopen

A charity that took over the running of a council household waste recycling centre is set to reopen the facility after being forced to close last year.

Newmarket Open Door, which provides supported housing and training opportunities in the Suffolk town, announced the closure of the Newmarket Recycling Centre in September 2015 due to “industry pricing trends”.

But now the site is hoping to reopen next month, according to company secretary John Durrant.

Durrant told MRW a reopening date had not yet been confirmed but he was hoping for this to be announced soon.

He previously said he was aware of only one other comparable third-sector venture across the country.

The charity took over running of the recycling centre from Suffolk County Council in response to its proposed closure in July 2011.

News of its reopening comes as Suffolk, Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury borough councils are putting forward plans for a joint operational hub.

A consultation on the plan to build a single, shared site at Hollow Road Farm, north of Bury St Edmunds, will run for six weeks from 8 January.

In a joint statement, the councils’ three cabinet members responsible for waste management, David Bowman (Forest Heath), Matthew Hicks (Suffolk) and Peter Stevens (St Edmundsbury), said: “The partner councils had carefully considered the way we should manage waste in the future, researched a number of options and identified a potential site but we accept that we did not share enough of this information with residents.

“We will now put that right by making the research publicly available so people can read it for themselves and let us know if they think there is a more suitable option.”

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