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Council plans £600,000 HWRC

A county council has revealed plans for a £600,000 renovation of its Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Under the plans, Norfolk County Council’s Pump Lane centre in Caister, Great Yarmouth, would be relocated to an adjacent site for a more spacious facility with a new layout for recycling containers and improved parking facilities.

Council cabinet member for environment and waste Bill Borrett said: “The centre is Norfolk’s busiest site outside of Norwich because it handles the biggest amount of waste. But it’s renowned for queues to get into it, and congestion once on it - factors which unquestionably affect its recycling rate which is below average for the county’s network.

“The new scheme that we are proposing directly addresses these problems and will make it much easier for residents to use. If planning permission is granted, it will turn Caister Recycling Centre into one of Norfolk’s most advanced recycling facilities.”

The design has been based on the King’s Lynn facility, which opened in 2008, and was the model for the forthcoming Dereham site.

In 2010/2011, the site handled 5,800 tonnes of waste, of which 63.5% was recycled. The total amount of rubbish handled by Norfolk’s 19 recycling centres stood at 66,000 tonnes.

A planning application is expected to be submitted in Autumn 2011.

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