25 January 2010

A turf-cutting ceremony will mark the start of work on a new household waste recycling centre in Kettering, which will increase the volume of waste recycled in the town and reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.

Northamptonshire County Council is developing the new centre in Garrard Way on the Telford Way Industrial Estate, replacing the existing facility in Cunliffe Drive in the town, which is too small to accommodate the number of visitors who wish to use it.

The new, larger centre can be accessed by more people and also, because of its increased capacity, help the county council meet new landfill diversion targets, which were established to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste going to landfill sites.

The county council’s cabinet member for environment, growth and transport, Cllr Heather Smith, who will jointly dig the first piece of turf, said: “This new, larger centre will be better equipped to accept more recycled waste, which is an excellent step forward in our bid to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

“Recycling rates are on the increase, which is excellent news but it’s still essential that we do as much as we can to continue to build on this good work.

“It’s extremely important that people recycle once they have reduced and reused as much as they can so that we prevent waste going to landfill. This obviously makes sense as far as the environment goes but it also makes good economic sense too.”

The county council has worked in partnership with Kettering Borough Council throughout the duration of the scheme to help it move forward.

Kettering Borough Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, Councillor Cedwien Brown, said: “The residents of the Borough of Kettering have a fantastic reputation for recycling with over 47 per cent of household waste being recycled.

“Not only will this site offer more choice about where to recycle, it will also mean residents will be able to recycle a wider range of materials including waxed cartons, textiles, soil and engine oil.”

Vinci Construction UK has been appointed as contractors for the building of the centre with Atkins in the role of technical consultants. It is planned that the site will have been built by the end of July.