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Ellon recycling centre to move to make way for BrewDog expansion

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A recycling centre is to close its doors to make way for the expansion of a north-east brewing giant.

The household waste and recycling centre (HWRC) at Ellon’s Balmacassie Industrial Estate will close on Monday after the site was sold to Brew Dog, which has premises next door.

The local authority agreed to sell the land in 2015 to allow the craft beer firm to expand its operations in the town.

As a result the recycling centre will now move to a new site within the industrial estate next month.

Much of the equipment is being moved from the old to the new site to save costs meaning there will be a section of the current site kept open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to allow people to continue to recycle.

Sue Horrobin, the council’s waste manager, said: “Opening the site from Friday to Sunday only for five weeks allows those living in Ellon and the surrounding area to continue recycling and using the site whilst we complete the move.

“Extra staff will be on hand to help residents at the site during this period, and we’ll be able to accept almost all the items for recycling which we normally accept.”

The only items which cannot be collected at the temporary facility are gas cylinders and any household items or furniture which can be re-used.

However, charity Stella’s Voice, in partnership with the authority, can provide a door-to-door collections service.

Residents can also call the national Recycle for Scotland “re-use line” on 0800 0665 82, where they can also arrange collections.

Philip McKay, head of roads, landscape services and waste management, said: “We hope that the relocation of our Ellon HWRC will cause minimal disruption for residents and believe our contingency plan should allow householders continued access to a valuable recycling service.”

The current site’s recycling section will remain open between 9am and 4pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between next Friday and June 4.

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