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16 February 2010, 06:00
Cambridge residents are being asked for their views on a new recycling centre that could be built in Trumpington.
The drive-in recycling centre (artist impression - pictured right) could be located just off the M11 motorway, near the new Addenbrooke's access road which is currently under construction.
The facility would be similar to the recycling centre which has recently opened in St Neots.
At the moment, people living around Cambridge have to take their waste to an open-air recycling centre in Milton or to a site at Thriplow.
Cambridgeshire County Council hopes putting a recycling centre within easy-reach of Cambridge will encourage residents to recycle more by making it easier for them to reach.
The authority has now started a public consultation into the plans, which will run until Monday 29th March.
There will be public exhibitions about the plans at Cambridge Professional Development Centre in Trumpington from 4pm to 8pm on Tuesday 16 February and at Great Shelford rugby Club from 4pm to 8pm on Wednesday 3 March.
Once the public consultation has finished, any feedback will be sent to the Planning Inspector, who will carry out a series of examinations starting in the summer.
Then, a final plan will be drawn up which is expected to be complete by 2012.
County Councillor Roy Pegram said: "Anybody who lives in this part of the county knows how difficult it is to drive to Milton and Thriplow to recycle.
We want to make it easier for people to recycle and these proposals will help do that.
The plans are only artist's impressions but show what our vision is for the future"