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Huge council-owned MRF on cards for central England

A jointly owned and operated local authority MRF could be built by councils across Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull to process kerbside recycling.

The councils believed to be discussing the idea include Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

The minutes of an executive board meeting of North Warwickshire Borough Council held on 11 February proposed the project, designed to “process recyclable material collected across the sub-region and beyond”.

It was resolved that members “welcomed the initiative” and agreed to commit to delivering all suitable material collected from its kerbside recycling scheme and to become a “feedstock” council.

Coventry released a statement saying: “Coventry City Council is working with a number of regional partners on future provision of future recycling capacity.

“This work considers a number of options, and it is likely that a further report will be presented to Coventry and partner authority cabinets in the new municipal year.”

Meanwhile, Nuneaton and Bedworth council plans to discuss whether to support the proposal, and the level of support to give it, with members this month.

Brent Davis, executive director for operations, said: “It is far from decided what is going to happen, hence at this point any discussions councils are having, and the detail of that, is on a confidential basis.”

Davis did say that there were no issues with a lack of capacity, although there were questions on how green it was to transport recyclables over long distances.

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