Shropshire

Newport recycling site closes to save money

A Shropshire recycling centre has shut and others will open on fewer days under measures aimed at saving £40m over three years across a council.

Telford & Wrekin Council said the closure of the Newport site was due to high running costs and less usage compared with other borough sites.

Centres at Halesfield, Ketley and Granville will be open for five days a week instead of seven.

The council said at least one site in the borough would be open every day.

Newport's running costs were £80 a tonne, compared to the average of £37 a tonne at the other three sites, the council claimed.

It added that the community recycling centres were being used less often, as the authority's kerbside scheme offers the collection of more recyclable materials.

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