Recycling centre worker finds bomb

A worker sorting rubbish at a Norwich recycling centre got more than he bargained for yesterday after discovering an unexploded second world war bomb. An Army bomb disposal squad was called to investigate the suspect item at the Mile Cross site, which was discovered at about 9am in the metal bay.

A worker sorting rubbish at a Norwich recycling centre got more than he bargained for yesterday after discovering an unexploded second world war bomb.

An Army bomb disposal squad was called to investigate the suspect item at the Mile Cross site, which was discovered at about 9am in the metal bay. The site, in Swanton Road, was immediately evacuated and sealed off by police with a 150m cordon.

A spokesman for WRG, which is contracted to run the site, said: “At 8.40am one of our operatives discovered what he thought could be a bomb. He referred it to his manager, the police were alerted and the bomb squad was called in.”

Army bomb experts confirmed it was a second world war phosphorus device which was taken away for disposal.

The site reopened at about 3.30pm.

It was yet one more problem for Norfolk's 19 recycling centres this week, 18 of which have recently been contracted out to Environmental Waste Controls (EWC).

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As reported in the EDP, problems built up at several sites over the Easter weekend as management changes combined with one of the busiest times of the year.

A backlog of waste accumulated, leading to overflowing bins and pleas from Norfolk County Council officials for the public to stay away. Work to clear the backlog continued yesterday.

Mark Allen, Norfolk County Council's waste resource manager, said: “There have been some initial problems at the sites, due to the end of the old contract coinciding with a typically busy time of year for recycling centres, and a lack of lorries and drivers to remove full bins.

“EWC and their partners May Gurney are working to manage these problems, but in the short-term there has been excess mixed waste at some, not all, sites which has gone to landfill to clear the backlog.

“Normal standards of service will be restored at the sites as soon as possible, and later this year under the new contractors, extra recycling services will be on offer at the sites.”

> Extra recycling bins have been introduced for students at Broadland Council Training Services (BCTS) Hellesdon Training Centre after they came up with the idea to help the environment and raise charity cash.

The new In It To Bin It scheme is part of an active citizenship programme.

Chris Hill, head of business support and leisure at Broadland Council, said: “They decided they wanted to do their bit to add to the recycling already offered in Broadland. There are now recycling bins for paper, bottles and cans for the students.”