Newmarket’s household waste recycling centre closed today after the charity running it could no longer meet high running costs and saw a decline in income.
The community recycling depot in Depot Road was taken over by the Newmarket Open Door charity four years ago when Suffolk County Council closed the site along with six others in the county.
It became one of the first to charge for waste.
Open Door has also announced that it is having to review staffing at its charity superstore and training centre in Craven Way owing to a drop in furniture sales.
General manager, John Durrant, said that while it may downsize part of the operation the superstore and training centre will remain open.
The waste recycling centre was re-opened by Open Door as one of the first charge for waste centres in the country and won a national recycling award.
It was originally given capital grants by Forest Heath and Newmarket Town Council but with a rise in waste disposal costs and decline in recycling income it became financially unsustainable.
Mr Durrant said: We apologise for any inconvenience to the public by both the immediacy and effect of the sudden closure. We remain hopeful this may only be temporary as there are tentative discussions with another potential partner.”
The centre will retain a site presence in the coming weeks to advise visitors and use its CCTV system to catch fly tippers. Books, clothing, textiles anbd reuseable household goods alongside electrical items can still be collected for the time being.