Charging waste sites to reopen

SUFFOLK: Two further recycling centres will reopen next month – but users will be charged �6 a car-load of landfill rubbish.

Tips at Bramford and Brome have been taken over by a commercial operator after they were shut down at the end of July by Suffolk County Council (SCC).

They were among half-a-dozen household recycling centres earmarked for closure amid a drive by SCC to slash its waste budget by �2.3million.

But the Brome site will reopen on Monday, September 5, and Bramford a week later after being taken over by Bolton Brothers Recycling & Waste Management from Great Blakenham. Their re-emergence will come a month after Chelmondiston rubbish tip reopened under a commercial operator.

Councillor Lisa Chambers, SCC’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.”

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