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Northumberland County Council could generate £300,000 a year from HWRC donations

Northumberland County Council has identified up to £300,000 a year of possible income from the sale of goods collected at household waste recycling centres (HWRCs).

Following a market testing exercise, which invited participation from all of the private organisations and charities currently providing textile and shoe banks in the region, the council is seeking to increase the amount of banks in the region as well as growing the range of materials collected to include books, shoes, CDs, computer games and DVDs.

Northumberland County Council executive member for waste management Cllr Ian Lindley said: “While we are keen to improve the range and availability of recycling services provided to residents, and to maximise income, we are also conscious that this proposal would have a direct financial impact on several charities that currently provide textile banks on council sites.”    

“We are therefore currently considering the pros and cons of this proposal as part of our budget setting process.”

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