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Council agree on managed plan to reopen recycling centres but await Stormont green light

Council look set to reopen recycling centres but are now just awaiting the green light from Stormont.

Party leaders on the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council spoke on Friday, in the now customary weekly catch-up, and the re-opening of amenity sites was high on the agenda.

There has been a growing clamour to have recycling centres opened to the public, in a managed fashion, as the incidents of fly-tipping – often very blatant – increase exponentially across the district.

This was the scene (main image) outside Keady business centre over the weekend.

Rivers in area have been strewn with rubbish tipped over a bridge.

SDLP councillor Thomas O’Hanlon branded it “absolutely disgusting”.

“Okay, the recycling centre is closed so they dumped at the gates of the centre….And in Darkley; Ballyards Road, Milford and at Church Street, Keady,” he added.

“We’re working on getting the recycling centre open, but doing this isn’t going to make it happen any sooner.

“Council have agreed a managed plan on how to have the centres reopened, we just need the go-ahead from Stormont.”

Stormont last week approved the re-opening of cemeteries across Northern Ireland, a move widely welcomed by grieving families.

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