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Plans to dig up and recycle a waste tip have been drawn up for the first time in Britain. Berkshire County Council is now considering bids from more than 100 companies around the world to begin mining an almost full landfill site for plastics, glass and metals. The tip, near Bracknell, holds household and commercial waste which, for the last 15 years, has been dumped in a hole left by the extraction of sand and gravel.

If the scheme goes ahead, the semi-rotted waste will be dug up and moved to the remaining vacant spaces on site for mechanical sorting. Recyclable materials will be removed and sold and the remaining waste will be shredded, compacted then dumped again into the same landfill.