01 July 2010

Kettering’s new household waste recycling centre, which will increase the volume of waste recycled in the town and reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill, will open to the public on Monday, July 5 from 8:00 a.m.

Northamptonshire County Council developed the new centre in Garrard Way on the Telford Way Industrial Estate, replacing the existing facility in Cunliffe Drive in the town, which was too small to accommodate the number of visitors who wished 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.

Not only is the new site large enough to accommodate present visitor numbers but it is also of sufficient capacity to cater for future population growth. The recycling centre will also benefit from being split level, eliminating the need for access ramps up to the containers.

The county council’s cabinet member for environment and transport, Cllr Heather Smith, said: “This is an excellent facility, which is larger than the previous site in the town and much better equipped to accept more recycled waste.

“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 former site in Cunliffe Drive will close at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 4 for the relocation of equipment to the new site.

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