Spotlight on recycling centres

THE future of waste recycling centres is set to be discussed next week.

Durham County Council could close the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) in Thornley as part of a consultation due to large scale reductions in Government grant and council overprovision.

The council operates 15 facilities county-wide and is proposing to launch a consultation proposing the closure of six sites, keeping nine open, including in Horden and Coxhoe and launching new facilities to the west of the county.

The aim of the proposed review would be to ensure fair access across the county, providing a high level of customer service and delivering savings required as part of the council’s medium term financial plan to reduce spending by £123.5m over the next four years.

If the council’s cabinet agrees to the consultation at a meeting next Thursday, October 27, a six-week public consultation would start later this year.

Feedback will then be encouraged via the ‘Have Your Say’ section of the council’s website,, through Durham County Council’s Area Action Partnerships and town and parish councils.