Hope for a new future for closed Brome recycling centre

Brome and Oakley Community Recycling Centre ANL-160302-144159009
Brome and Oakley Community Recycling Centre ANL-160302-144159009

Falling prices paid for waste goods have been blamed for the closure of the Brome recycling centre.

The centre has not been open this year and notices warn fly-tippers of the heavy penalties if they dump their rubbish at the gates and run.

The nearest alternative centres are at Stowmarket and Morningthorpe in Norfolk - both nearly 15 miles away - but there is hope for people who are missing the convenience of a local recycling centre and have been wondering if there is any prospect of Brome reopening.

Chris Fry, head of environment at Mid Suffolk, said the district council was working on a plan to have the centre open again by the end of March.

The Brome site was operated by Suffolk County Council until it closed seven centres, three of them in Mid Suffolk, in 2011. T

he Brome site was eventually taken over by Kevin Crispin but Mr Fry said the a significant fall in prices paid for waste metals, plastics, paper and textiles due to the economic turndown put pressure on its financial viability.

Mr Fry said that the council was exploring whether it was feasible for the council to keep the site open. The council was in the process of getting the waste licences transferred to it from Mr Crispin. It would then decide if it was possible to open it as a fully serviced site and invite expressions of interest in running it.

It would take another four to six weeks to complete the transfer of the licences and if there was interest in running it, he hoped it might open again at the end of March.

“We are trying to do this as soon as possible,” he said. “It will still depend on an individual coming forward to run the site.”