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End of an era - Fen Road farewell to recycling

Staff at Boston Borough Council's Fen Road depot were dewy eyed as the last load of waste for recycling left the site.

The final lorry load pulling away marked the end of an era. Recycled material has been handled at Fen Road for the past ten years.

It will now be taken to the new Lincolnshire County Council waste transfer station at Slippery Gowt Lane, opposite the household waste recycling centre.

George Bernard, head of the borough council's environmental services, said: "We have dealt with more than 60,000 tonnes of dry recycling in that time. And more than 90 per cent of the borough's material is quality recyclate. We do urge householders, however, to be vigilant about what they do put in their Blue bins, as rubbish such as nappies and black bags can cause entire loads to be rejected by the recycling companies.    

"The same Teleporter (pictured) has loaded well over 98 per cent of that tonnage as well as more than1,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard recovered from paper banks, the market and commercial customers, so it's certainly earned its keep."

Cllr Michael Brookes, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for waste services thanked everyone involved over the years with the recycling operation at Fen Road.

He said: "I want to thank staff, management and volunteer workers from North Sea Camp. I especially want to thank the public, without whose efforts our recycling record would never have been so good. They have been first class at presenting the correct recycled waste with a minimum of contamination. Please keep up the good work."

Ian Taylor - Environmental Services Team Leader (Waste) at Lincolnshire County Council said: "We are delighted that joint working arrangements with Boston Borough Council have seen amounts of waste that cannot be recycled or composted reduce and now, thanks in part to the borough's brown bin garden waste collection service, more than 50 per cent of the Borough's waste has been recycled this summer."

Recycling waste is sorted by mechanical and manual methods for remanufacturing in the UK and overseas.

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