Town recycling plans move closer

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A £1.1 million project to turn Thetford into an eco-friendly trendsetter has moved a step closer.

Norfolk County Council revealed plans for a new recycling centre in Telford Way on Tuesday.

The plans come as Landfill Tax rates are set to hit £88 a ton. The tax already costs the county council £1.8 million a year.

Ann Steward, cabinet member for sustainable development for the county council, said: “A new recycling centre in Thetford is part of our commitment to push up re-use and recycling rates in the county and reduce the amount of rubbish we landfill.”

The site would open in Autumn 2012, replacing the existing centre on Burrell Way.

A re-use centre – the largest of its kind in Norfolk – would be a feature of the new site, allowing residents to deposit unwanted items that are then sold on.

A similar scheme in King’s Lynn has raised more than £2,000 with the money going to local community schemes and charities.

The county council was eager to push through the project – despite swingeing budget cuts – as Thetford’s growth point status means the town’s population is set to expand by 5,000 by 2026.

Consultation on the proposal is open now.

Construction on the site would be expected to start in spring of next year.