25 November 2013

Work will start soon on improvements to the Rushden household waste recycling centre (HWRC) – making it easier to use and reducing traffic congestion at the site.

So the work can take place it is necessary to close the recycling centre from January 13, 2014 until early Summer 2014.

During this time people are asked to use alternative HWRC sites, such as Wellingborough; Ecton Lane, Northampton and Kettering.

Why is a full closure needed?

A partial closure of the site had been considered while the work was taking place but it would not have been possible to operate the site while keeping both the public and the workforce safe.

Cllr Michael Clarke, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for transport, highways and the environment, said: “Many of our recycling sites are now about 30 years old and much more heavily used than when they were first built.

“A result of this is that the Rushden site doesn’t work as well as it could and so we’ll be carrying out these improvement works.

“Of course we recognise that there will be some inconvenience while this work is taking place but I believe the end result will be well worth it.”

The Rushden HWRC is one of the best used of the county council’s 10 recycling sites across the county with about a quarter of a million visits to the site in 2012/2013.

What will the changes be?

The refurbishment will see the introduction of new recycling bays; an additional traffic lane to accommodate more vehicles and an express recycling lane so that small items can be dropped off quickly.

Information has already been made available to users of the Rushden HWRC and more up-to-date information will be provided shortly.