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Work starts to clear 20,000 tonnes of waste from Bolton site

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Clearing out the old Chadwick’s recycling site is expected to cost Bolton Council around £2 million

Clearing work has now begun at the former Chadwick’s recycling plant, where it is believed that an estimated 20,000 tonnes of waste is waiting to be removed.

The clear up at the site, on Oakenbottom Road, Breightmet, is expected to cost Bolton Council around £2 million.

Residents have been warned by the council, that an ‘extremely bad smell’ will cover the area whilst the rotting waste is cleaned up and taken away, which is expected to take around four months to complete.

Bolton recycling centre clear up begins

Chadwick’s recycling situated behind residential property

The large amount of waste has been sitting on site since the company closed its doors earlier in the year.

The local authority has decided to fund the clean up after residents in the area complained to the council about how bad the site was and they have had to dig deep into their reserve funds to pay for the operation.

Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Councillor Nick Peel, said: “We have had concerns about this site for a long time, but were unable to take action whilst the company was in operation.”

“We are pleased that we are now able to clear the site and remove the waste, which has been a source of concern to local residents.”

The Environment Agency (EA), served S C Chadwicks and Sons Ltd, who also had a branch in Leigh, with a suspension order in February this year and as a result, thirty jobs were lost. The suspension order stopped the site from allowing any more waste to be brought into the Breightmet plant.

The company has now been liquidated and the land has been acquired by the council.

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