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THIS STORY LAST UPDATED: 27 January 2004 1759 GMT
A load off your mind in Amesbury
Amesbury High Street

Work is well underway to build a new household recycling centre for Amesbury.

The household recycling centre is the ninth to be built in the county including an existing site in Salisbury.

The centre is due to open to the public in March and will be open seven days a week.

The new centre in Amesbury it is part of the county council's strategy to increase recycling in Wiltshire and reduce the 250,000 tonnes of household rubbish that currently goes into the county's landfill sites.

The £400,000 site is being built at Mills Way in the town.

It is being built for Wiltshire County Council by waste disposal contractor Hills Minerals and Waste Ltd.

Waste tip
Recycling centres hope to reduce landfill.

The household recycling centres compliment the network of smaller mini-recycling centres that can be found at supermarkets, pubs and car parks.

The household recycling centres, however, are able to deal with a wider range of recyclable materials and bulkier items such as fridges.

People will be able to take a variety of household rubbish to the centre for recycling including paper, glass, cans, textiles, cardboard, plastic bottles, green waste, timber, metals, fridges and cookers, rubble and soil.

Car batteries and oil will also be welcome at the centre for processing and recycling.

Bulky household rubbish will also be able to be taken to the centres prior to disposal at landfill sites.

Rubbish Facts

• In one day Wiltshire produces 685 tonnes of rubbish.
• Wiltshire is second highest recycler out of shire counties
• The average household in Wiltshire recycles 35kg of newspapers and magazines a year.
• Recycling one tonne of paper saves up to 70% of the energy used in manufacturing from virgin materials and 40% less waste.
• On average, every family in the Wiltshire use approximately 500 glass bottles and jars every year - but we recycle less than 25% of these items.
• Recycling just one bottle saves enough energy to power a television for approximately 1.5 hours.

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