North Lincolnshire Council to take over recycling centres

North Lincolnshire Council is to take over the operation and management of all its household recycling centres.

All eight centres are to be controlled by the council from November after its current contract with SITA ends.

The council said a change in the law had allowed it to bring the service in-house.

Staff at Scunthorpe, Kirton in Lindsey, Belton, Broughton, Winterton, Barton, Goxhill and Barnetby would "transfer across to the council", it said.

It said it aimed to make improvements and repairs to the sites over the next two years, including resurfacing floors, installing CCTV and automatic number plates recognition (ANPR) for security.

'Employ more people'

Councillor Nigel Sherwood said: "Historically, household recycling sites were required by law to be managed by private sector companies working on behalf of councils.

"However, the government has changed this and the opportunity to bring the service in-house has been presented.

"We will be improving the sites and this will benefit our many customers and will increase the number of people employed by the council."

The council said it would allow local small and medium-sized businesses to recycle commercial waste at the sites "with prior approval".

Under the current contract businesses are not allowed to recycle waste at any of the centres.

More than 25,000 tonnes of waste are disposed by householders each year and about 64% is re-used or recycled, the council said.

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