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SITA UK announces new recycling centre

SITA UK has announced plans for a new recycling centre on land at West Sleekburn Industrial Estate in Northumberland.

The waste management specialist chosen by the County Council as the preferred contractor for waste services aims to process mixed newspapers, magazines, cardboard, cans and plastic bottles at the site.

These streams will be collected from the areas six district councils kerbside recycling schemes with the aim of increasing recycling rates to over 45% in the long-term.

Proposals also include the provision of a transfer station so that residual non-recyclable waste can be bulked up and efficiently transported to other waste treatment facilities.

To achieve its goal for increased recycling, Northampton County Council (NCC) is in the final stages of forming a partnership with SITA UK and awarding a contract which is backed by £34 million of Government funding.

SITA UK Northumberland project director Andy Stokes said: Were pleased to be working towards finalising the contract with NCC. It is critical for Northumberland to put the infrastructure in place to increase its recycling and meet the Governments landfill diversion targets.

Were moving ahead with the planning process to speed delivery of these facilities once the contract is signed.

The proposal forms part of a comprehensive plan to develop a new range of facilities aimed at significantly increasing recycling and composting rates. This is especially the case in the south east of the county where the majority of the people in Northumberland live.

It is anticipated that the combination of improved recycling and energy recovery will mean that in future only 8% of Northumberlands municipal waste is buried in landfill sites. This would make

Northumberland one of the greenest counties in the UK.
A planning application should be submitted in late August 2006, before NCC undertakes a full consultation with local residents and businesses before making a final decision.


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