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Warning at waste centre closure.

FAMILIES who use a domestic waste recycling centre in Northumberland are being warned they will have to find an alternative in a month's time.

The household waste recovery centre in Seghill will close on April 6 as part of cost-cutting budget plans agreed by the county council.

There are 12 other HWRCs across Northumberland which people can use, with the facility at Bebside, near Blyth, suggested as the best alternative to the Seghill centre.

It has recently been modernised and made bigger and is open seven days a week.

Families in North Tyneside who have used the Seghill facility are being encouraged to switch to the waste transfer station in Wallsend Road, North Shields, or the New Brunswick site on Sandy Lane in Newcastle.

Staff working for site operator Sita UK will be handing out leaflets to everyone who visits the Seghill centre over the next few weeks, to warn them about the impending closure.

Posters will also be put up at community venues in the area to help publicise the changes.

Northumberland's HWRCs are run by Sita UK as part of the county council's 28-year PFI contract, which has secured pounds 40.8m in Government funding.

Richard Hinchcliffe, general manager for Sita in Northumberland, said: "We appreciate that some people will be inconvenienced by this closure and we hope that residents will continue to recycle their waste, so that we can achieve even better recycling rates this year."

Coun Alan Thompson, executive member for the environment, said: "The household waste site at Bebside, which has just been extended and refurbished, is far more user-friendly, has longer opening hours in the winter and a wider range of recycling opportunities than the old Seghill site.

"Hopefully, this better quality of service will go some way to make up for any inconvenience caused to residents when the Seghill site is closed."

The county council has the aim of landfilling just 8% of its municipal waste by 2012 through recycling and waste management, exceeding national and European Union targets.

Any residents with questions about the closure of the Seghill HWRC should contact Sita UK on 0191 217 3070, the county council on 0845 600 6400,or visit the council's website at www.northumberland.gov.uk
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Date:Mar 3, 2010
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