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High-tech MRF planned

Northumberland County Council has revealed plans to spend most of its £34 million Government grant on a state-of-the-art materials recycling facility.

The authority hopes to have a high-tech site operational in the south east of the county by 2010 as it tries to hit a statutory target of 45% by that year.

Environment Minister Elliot Morley approved funding of Northumberlands 28-year private finance initiative last week.

The sixth largest county in Britain currently recycles just 10% of its municipal waste and is delighted to be able to invest in new facilities.

A spokesman said: We have possible sites earmarked near Ashington and Blythe.

Having this new site gives us confidence we will achieve our hugely ambitious target of recycling more than half of household waste.

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