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Press release - 10 Aug 2006

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SITA UK announces plans for new Recycling Centre for Northumberland

SITA UK, the waste management specialist chosen by Northumberland County Council as the preferred contractor for their long-term private finance initiative (PFI) contract for waste services, announced today its plans for a new recycling centre in Northumberland.

To achieve its goals for increased recycling, Northumberland County Council is in the final stages of forming a partnership with SITA UK. Once awarded, this new contract, which is backed by £34m of Government funding, would include the proposed development of a new state of the art recycling facility and waste transfer station on land at West Sleekburn Industrial Estate.

The proposed recycling facility would use modern technology to process mixed newspapers, magazines, cardboard, cans and plastic bottles collected by the six District Council’s kerbside recycling schemes. The Council’s aim is to increase the recycling rate to over 45 per cent in the long-term.

“We’re pleased to be working towards finalising the contract with Northumberland County Council”, said Andy Stokes, Northumberland Project Director for SITA UK. “It is critical for Northumberland to put the infrastructure in place to increase its recycling and meet the Government’s landfill diversion targets. We’re moving ahead with the planning process to speed delivery of these facilities once the contract is signed”.

This proposal forms part of a comprehensive plan to develop a new range of facilities aimed at significantly increasing recycling and composting rates in Northumberland. This is especially the case in the south east of the county where the majority of people in Northumberland live.

Providing these new facilities will enable the Council to meet stringent targets for landfill diversion set by the Government. Failure to meet these targets will result in significant fines in the future.

The proposal also includes the provision of a transfer station so that the residual non-recyclable waste collected by the District Councils in south east Northumberland can be bulked-up and efficiently transported to other waste treatment facilities, for example composting and thermal treatment.

It is anticipated that this combination of high recycling rates and energy recovery of residual waste would mean that, in future, only around 8% of Northumberland’s municipal waste would be buried in landfill sites, making Northumberland one of the ‘greenest’ counties in the UK.

A public exhibition is being held on Tuesday 15th August 2006, from 2pm to 7.30pm at the Earth Balance Centre, West Sleekburn Farm, Bomarsund, Bedlington, Northumberland. It will be possible to see further details of the proposal, speak to SITA UK and County Council staff, and submit comments.

Following the exhibition it is envisaged that a planning application will be submitted in late August 2006. As part of the formal planning process, the County Council will then undertake a full consultation to seek the views of local residents and businesses before it makes a decision on the application.

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