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Counties award joint recycle centre contract

Warwickshire and Staffordshire County Councils have awarded a shared £3.1m contract to design and build a new recycling centre and waste transfer station.

The councils will jointly finance the development and operation costs of the scheme which will serve the boroughs of North Warwickshire, Tamworth, and Nuneaton and Bedworth.

Cllr Alan Cockburn, Warwickshire’s portfolio holder for sustainable communities, welcomed the partnership, saying it “delivers best value for both authorities and ensures that we get the best out of the new centre”.

Once operational the recycling centre will be capable of processing 10,000 tonnes a year and will incorporate a charity reuse shop.

The transfer station will handle 70,000 tonnes a year including 50,000 tonnes of municipal waste collected by three authorities and sent to Staffordshire’s planned energy-from-waste plant. The facility will also help local small businesses with waste management.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for environment and assets Mark Winnington said “The new transfer station will help Tamworth refuse collection rounds operate efficiently and save on both travelling times and avoid damage caused to vehicles by travelling on landfill sites.

“Once the facility is operational in 2013, Staffordshire will no longer be sending any significant amounts of waste to landfill.”

The facility will be designed and built by Colas Construction on a site off the M42 motorway in north Warwickshire.

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