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Recycling plans could cost jobs, council warned

Jobs are at risk from a council's plans for a household waste recycling centre, a firm has insisted.

Egg-packing company Deans Countryside fears it will have to lay off staff if Norfolk County Council succeeds in creating a facility next to it in Dereham.

The East Anglian authority wants to build a recycling centre on Rash Green industrial estate to replace one that closed in nearby Beetley last October.

But Deans Countryside manager Nigel Pead has written to the council insisting his business would be badly damaged if the plans went ahead.

Pead said: "We have major concerns that our customers will not want their eggs packed next door to a recycling plant.

"This could lead to our customers leaving us and we are worried we could have to cut some jobs.

"Our main concern is that we will have insect and rodent infestations due to people not washing their recyclables properly before bring them here.

"Fly-tipping is also a big worry as the lane gets very busy and people won't be able to get in after work so will be tempted to dump their recyclables."

A spokesman for the council said: "When looking for a replacement site for Beetley, Dereham was identified as the centre of population in that area, and as the most applicable location for a new site.

"The Waste Local Plan says that new waste facilities must be situated on identified industrial areas, therefore industrial estates in Dereham were looked at.

"The unit had to be large enough to place the containers for waste and recycling materials and allow for the manoeuvring of vehicles when emptying bins. The proposed site fits this bill."

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