Recycling centres offer new services

Recycling centres in Norfolk are to offer book and carton disposal among other services under a new council contract, it emerged yesterday.National waste management company Environmental Waste Controls (EWC) will be taking over 18 of the 19 centres in the county.

Recycling centres in Norfolk are to offer book and carton disposal among other services under a new council contract, it emerged yesterday.

National waste management company Environmental Waste Controls (EWC) will be taking over 18 of the 19 centres in the county.

Six recycling centres at Caister, Hempton, Ketteringham, King's Lynn, Mayton Wood and Thetford will accept paint on a permanent basis, instead of the current once a year amnesty days.

And they will also take unlimited DIY waste on a pay-as-you-throw basis, with fees starting from £15, as well as the present policy of one 80-litre sack per week free of charge, which will also still operate at the remaining sites. Currently pay as you throw for unlimited household DIY only operates at a small number of commercial waste stations.

There will be new low level bins at all sites so people will no longer have to climb steps to dispose of non-recyclable and green waste.

The new bins will also compact the waste, meaning fewer lorry movements and preventing loose rubbish from being blown around the local area.

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Soup and drink Tetra Pak cartons will now be accepted at all the 18 sites as well as tin foil, gas bottles and books, which will be given to charities for resale.

All site staff will also be trained as recycling advisors and wear name badges.

After research showed that the sites were only used after 6pm by 6pc of customers the centres will close earlier in winter, saving the council £200,000. They will operate from 8am till 6pm from April to August and 8am till 4pm from September to March.

Late night summer opening until 8pm will be available at Mile Cross in Norwich, which will be the only site to remain operating under the WRG contract.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and 24-hour CCTV will be used to identify trade vehicles which are not allowed to take trade waste to household waste recycling centres.

Trade vehicles can use the site to deposit household waste but businesses have to pay for their waste to be disposed of at designated disposal facilities.

Ian Monson, cabinet member for waste and environment, said: “The new contract is really good news for the people of Norfolk as it will bring a consistently high standard of service right across the county.

“We are working very hard with the contractor to minimise any disruption but each site will need to be closed for a day while new equipment is installed. Staff will be on hand to direct people to the nearest open recycling centre if they cannot come back the next day.

“We apologise for any inconvenience and thank people for their patience while we are making these important long-term improvements.”

t For further information, please call the County Council's Customer Service Centre or 0844 800 8004 or visit the website at www.norfolk.gov.uk/recycling