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Council's recycling pledge.

RESIDENTS in Northumberland have been given reassurance about where their recycled items end up.

Northumberland County Council and its recycling and waste partner, Sita UK, have pledged that everything householders recycle is properly handled by reputable reprocessing businesses in the UK.

The announcement followed newspaper and TV reports suggesting that some local authorities and their partners were uncertain about the destination of materials.

Northumberland County Council's head of waste management, Paul Jones, said: "I am absolutely confident about the contracts and arrangements in place.

"Together, we insist that the pathway for all recyclable materials is perfectly clear and unambiguous and we undertake regular checks to ensure this is the case.

"The recycled materials that residents put out for collection - and similar materials from household waste recovery centres - is initially sorted and bulked up by Sita UK at various sites in the area.

"Then it is transported to a range of different reprocessing industries in the UK.

"Whenever we can, we try to locate businesses that are close to home as this is not only better for the environment but also boosts the local economy and brings jobs.

"So, for example, a considerable amount of locally-collected paper is taken to Four-stones Paper Mill in the Tyne Valley, all of the garden waste is processed into compost at facilities in Ashington and at farms around the county and large amounts of plastic are taken by Aim to Recycle in Gateshead.

"A few materials have to be taken further afield. For example, waste oils go to a factory on Merseyside and the balance of paper goes to a specialist mill in Chester."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2008
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