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Council to run its own waste centres

Warwickshire County Council is taking the operation of its household waste recycling centres in-house from December.

The council will take over management duties on six sites on 1 December when its contract expires with current operator HW Martin.

The move follows a consultation last year into how Warwickshire could save almost £1m by 2012 from its HWRCs.

Group manager of waste management Glenn Fleet said: “Running the sites directly will mean we have the flexibility to get services running how we want them, and work with the private and third sectors to increase recycling and reuse.”

Councillor Alan Cockburn added: “We expect the public will not notice any immediate changes on site if they visit on 1 December, except perhaps to the signage at some sites.

“We would like to ask the public to bear with us as the changes take place but we anticipate a smooth transition.”

The sites where the county council is taking over the management are:

  • Grendon in North Warwickshire
  • Cherry Orchard in Kenilworth
  • Princes Drive in Leamington
  • Stockton near Southam
  • Wellesbourne
  • Shipston

The county council currently runs two centres directly - Burton Farm in Stratford and Hunters Lane in Rugby.

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