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Violent incidents force closure of green waste site

A green waste transfer station in Peterborough has been forced to close after staff were threatened and abused by customers.

The green waste site in Dogsthorpe was accepting commercial material from landscapers and other businesses to be forwarded for composting.

Material Change, which managed the site, said that several violent incidents involving members of its staff occurred after some customers refused to pay the £25 load fee.

On one occasion a worker was treated in hospital after being hit by a van and then assaulted by the driver.

A spokesperson for Material Change said: “It is therefore with regret that the site will no longer be open to receive commercial waste.”

The company operates other green waste facilities that are operating as normal.

A Peterborough Council spokesman said: “It is understandable that Material Change does not want to continue to offer the commercial service at the green waste transfer station.

“We don’t believe there should be any increase in fly-tipping because there are a number of other companies that accept commercial green waste in and around the city.

“Businesses can either travel to Material Change’s site at Crowland or pay locally at either the Biffa or FCC landfill sites.”

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