North Lincolnshire Council is to take over the operational management of all eight household recycling centres from November 2012.
The council will make much needed improvements and repairs to the sites. Over the next two years, site cabins will be replaced and resurfacing of the floors will be carried out.
The council will install CCTV and introduce automatic number place recognition (ANPR) to ensure better management information. With prior approval, small and medium sized local businesses will also be able to access the sites to recycle their commercial waste. Currently they are not permitted to use the sites.
Around 400,000 individual trips are made to the sites each year and over 25,000 tonnes of material is received. 64 per cent of this is recovered for re-use or recycling. On average, local residents access the sites once every two months.
The current contract with SITA ends in November. All staff will transfer to the council.
For an area the size of North Lincolnshire, the council provides more household recycling centres than any other council in the country.
Cllr Nigel Sherwood, cabinet member for highways and neighbourhood, 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.”
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