Suffolk: Waste centres to be cut

MORE than a third of Suffolk’s household waste sites are to close as part of the county’s cuts package.

The county is to shut seven of the 18 sites – and those that remain will see their opening hours reduced.

They will also charge businesses for using the sites.

The changes should save the county almost �1.5 million – although there are likely to be fears that the changes could lead to an increase in fly-tipping across the county.

The household waste sites set to be closed are the smaller ones in the county – their closure is only expected to save about �800,000 of the �6.9 million recycling budget.

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The waste sites that will remain will be open from 9am to 4pm on weekdays during the winter and from 9am to 5pm on weekdays during the summer. They will open from 10am to 4pm on Sundays – often their busiest day – throughout the year.

The council says the changes to the waste service should be easy to implement, although they will require negotiations with their contractor WRG.

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