Brome household waste centre set to reopen

A 'pay as you throw' waste centre will reopen next month under new management after becoming the victim of council spending cuts.

The Brome Household Waste Recycling Centre, near Eye, was one of a number of sites across Suffolk that were closed by the county council at the end of July as part of cost saving measures.

Suffolk County Council today announced that the centre on the Brome Industrial Estate will reopen on Monday, September 5. However, residents disposing of unsorted or non-recyclable items will have to pay a �6 fee.

Bolton Brothers Recycling and Waste Management, which is based at Great Blakenham, will be taking over the running of the site and another at Bramford.

Reuben Bolton, commercial director at Bolton Brothers, said; 'Bolton Brothers is looking forward to working with the local community to keep this much-needed service going. With the general public's participation in sorting their waste for recycling we foresee a mutual long-term working relationship.'

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'Non-recyclable waste is expensive to dispose of, so we'll be introducing a charge to cover our costs for anything which goes to landfill. But everything else we will take free of charge. We hope people will find this local service their preferred option rather than driving further to their next nearest site.'

The site will be open from 9am to 5pm on Mondays to Saturdays and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays and bank holidays.

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Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council's portfolio holder for waste, said: 'People told us they would rather pay than lose their site, but legally we are not allowed to charge, so we had to find a way round the problem.

'I am delighted that by working with town and parish councils we have been able to find a new operator for these sites which will continue to provide a local service to complement our network of 11 other sites.'

'It is also good that people will be encouraged to really think about what they are throwing away and recycle as much as possible.'

Councillors at Brome and Oakley Parish Council and Eye Town Council have given their backing to the new site.

Suffolk County Council continue to run 11 sites at Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Foxhall, Hadleigh, Haverhill, Ipswich, Leiston, Lowestoft, Mildenhall, Stowmarket and Sudbury.

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