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Herts County Council resumes management of household waste recyclings centre

Bishop's Stortford's household waste recycling centre is being managed once more by Herts County Council.

The authority has taken control of all 17 centres in the county which were previously operated on its behalf by Amey.

Around 70 staff who work at the HWRCs are now directly employed by the county council as part of its wider waste management team.

Bishop's Stortford's household waste recycling centre in Woodside (42647358)
Bishop's Stortford's household waste recycling centre in Woodside (42647358)

Cllr Terry Hone, HCC's cabinet member for waste management, said: "We've got big ambitions for our recycling centres and we're already making significant investments in the network, such as the new centre at Ware due to open on October 31 and one planned for Welwyn Garden City.

"Taking on the direct management of the centres means that we can continue to improve them and ensure a good-quality, cost-effective recycling service is in place across the county."

The vast majority – 14 of the 17 – are currently operational during Covid-19 restrictions, with one – Ware – closed for redevelopment. The existing sites will continue to operate in the same way and accept the same materials.

Earlier this year, councillors agreed to a proposal to end the management contract with Amey early and bring the service in-house.

The eight-and-a-half year contract was due to run to March 2023, but since it was signed in 2014, reductions in the commercial recycling market mean the business is no longer viable for Amey.

Bishop's Stortford's centre at Woodside Industrial Estate, off Dunmow Road, is open 8am to 4pm every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when it is shut. The council has long-term ambitions to relocate the facility.

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