A recycling centre in West Yorkshire has been forced to close for at least five months after a worker caused extensive damage in a JCB.
The man, a Sita UK employee, has been charged with criminal damage over the incident at the Eastwood Recycling Centre, Todmorden.
Calderdale Council said that most of the equipment, which was only installed seven months ago, will have to be replaced. The council added that the cost of replacing the equipment would be covered by Sita’s insurers who have visited the site.
Temporary measures are in place for residents. The council and Sita UK have arranged to collect an extra two bags of refuse from households on collection days, and garden waste will be collected from selected parts of Todmorden and Hebdon Bridge on alternate Saturdays.
A similar system was used to collect waste from residents when the facility was closed for refurbishment last year.
Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for economy and environment, Barry Collins, said: “We’re doing all we can to get Eastwood back up and running as quickly as possible. November is the estimated reopening date because it will take time to carry out the repairs to the best possible standard, and to get hold of the required equipment and materials.
“In the meantime, we have set up temporary services to help residents continue to recycle and dispose of their household waste during the closure period.”