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New Huyton Recycling Centre (10 July 2012)

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Environmental Services have officially opened the new £1.5m Huyton Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) on Wilson Road, Knowsley.

The new facility has been built on the site of a former HGV depot on Wilson Road, within the Huyton Industrial Estate, replacing an existing older Recycling Centre on nearby Ellis Ashton Street. It is the second new replacement Centre that has been opened by MRWA in the Knowsley district area in the past few weeks.

The new Huyton Centre has the capacity to receive up to 20,000 tonnes of householders’ waste and recyclable materials each year. Members of the public will be able to use the Recycling Centre to bring all sorts of household items from paper, cardboard and bottles, to larger items such as white goods, televisions and furniture, plus lots more beside.

An increased number of larger containers, plus more queuing space on site for cars and the provision of an overhead weather-protection canopy, will make it more convenient for members of the public to dispose of recyclable and waste items. The site also includes new expanded spaces for the collection of waste electrical items.

Development of the site has been being undertaken by Barhale Construction plc, who built the similar South Sefton Recycling facility for MRWA in 2004. The construction works follow a public consultation during 2010 by MRWA which included information open days and a mail-out to 16,000 local residents and businesses

Councillor Joe DeAsha, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “We’re really excited to be opening another new recycling centre. This fantastic new and improved facility will contribute to achieving improved recycling and composting across Merseyside. When we consulted residents they told us they were keen to recycle more and the facility accommodates a wide range of different categories of waste containers for recycling. It is another step towards our aim of zero waste to landfill. This new Centre is much more pleasant experience for visitors, and will be easier to navigate, which will hopefully encourage more recycling.”

The project also has some great ‘sustainability’ credentials having achieved an 84.8% ‘Excellent’ rating under the CEEQUAL Award Scheme (the Assessment and Awards Scheme for Improving Sustainability in Civil Engineering). CEEQUAL assesses and verifies performance across a very wide range of social and environmental issues, such as the protection of the local ecology and landscape, minimising the use of raw materials, water and energy, minimising greenhouse gas emissions, pollution prevention and control, and waste minimisation and management.

Darren Hynes, Regional Manager for Barhale Construction plc said: "This supports Barhale’s strategy to diversify and grow our business within the waste sector. Our company is committed to sustainable construction, and this is a wonderful example of contractor and client working together to achieve this goal. This facility is a great improvement for the local community and MRWA have gone to great lengths to ensure they meet their recycling targets with the provision of this new centre."

Roger Venables, CEEQUAL Chief Executive, said: “We were delighted to receive the application for the Huyton facility to be formally assessed using CEEQUAL. It was one of the early waste management projects to adopt the CEEQUAL Methodology and we believe strongly that CEEQUAL is the right assessment tool for such projects. We congratulate the project team on their high score, which reflects their extensive adoption of best practice in both design and construction.”

MRWA Chief Executive, Carl Beer, said: “This second new replacement