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Waste management company Yorwaste has entered into a partnership with North Yorkshire County Council to manage and operate all the authority’s household waste recycling centres (HWRCs).

The agreement, which comes into effect on 1 April, means Yorwaste will manage all 20 HWRCs across North Yorkshire and will see 84 staff who were employed by previous contractor Kier transfer to Yorwaste.

Ian Fielding, the County Council’s Assistant Director for Waste and Countryside Services, said: “Our household waste recycling centres provide an important and already effective service and users should notice little change on site. The centres will continue to provide re-use, recycling and composting facilities for a wide range of materials.

“However, under the new partnership we will challenge Yorwaste to develop the network further to improve performance and customer satisfaction, divert even more waste from landfill and save money.”

Steve Barker, Managing Director of Yorwaste, said: “We look forward to working with the County Council to build on the achievements of the previous operator in maximising the recycling and recovery of the material people bring into the sites. As North Yorkshire’s largest waste management company, we have access to an unparalleled number of waste transfer sites where we use the latest technology to separate and sort different waste, with the emphasis on recycling as much material as possible and maximising its value.”

HWRCs operate summer opening hours from 1 April until the end of September, opening at 8.30am and closing at 5pm, every day except Wednesday. A list of all HWRCs can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/hwrc.

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