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New Kirkby Recycling Centre open (15 May 2012)

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Environmental Services have this week officially opened the £1.1m Kirkby Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) on Depot Road Knowsley.

The new facility is a replacement of the old Kirkby Recycling Centre, and is located at the northern end of Knowsley Industrial Park on Depot Road, 300 metres away from the previous site. The new Kirkby HWRC has the capacity to receive up to 15,000 tonnes of householders’ waste and recyclable materials each year.

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.

Councillor Joe DeAsha, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “We’re really excited to see this brand new site open. The old facility was a bit cramped, whereas this new Centre is a much more pleasant experience for visitors and will be easier to navigate, which will hopefully encourage more recycling.”

The construction of the new facility has been undertaken by Cheetham Hill Construction Ltd on behalf of MRWA, with the project having achieved an industry standard CEEQUAL award (the Assessment and Awards Scheme for Improving Sustainability in Civil Engineering).

This recognises and prioritises environmental considerations such as the protection of the local ecology and landscape, minimising the use of raw materials water and energy, pollution prevention and control, and waste minimisation and management.

Phil Ross, Director for Cheetham Hill Construction Ltd, said: “Cheetham Hill Construction Ltd is delighted to have been involved in the development of the new household waste recycling facility for the residents of Merseyside and very proud that the construction has achieved such a high environmental standard.”

Roger Venables, CEEQUAL Chief Executive, said: “Congratulations go to the project team as they scored ‘Very Good’ in their assessment. CEEQUAL is very pleased to see projects of this nature use the scheme to improve their sustainability and we hope their score achieved on the Kirkby HWRC project will act as a benchmark for the company on future projects assessed using CEEQUAL.”

MRWA Chief Executive, Carl Beer, said: “This new Recycling Centre is just one part of a drive to improve all our facilities as well as build brand new ones. Merseyside needs to reduce its reliance on landfill and our push for new and improved waste management amenities will help us to achieve this.”

Alex Paterson, Veolia Environmental Services Director said: “We’re delighted to be operating this great new facility which will provide improved services for residents across the Knowsley and Merseyside area as a whole.”

MRWA and Veolia operate 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres across the region which can accept a host of items – from cans, car batteries and cardboard, to garden waste, glass, paper, scrap metal, textiles and timber and more. Recycling rates at the sites topped more than 50% in 2010/11.

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Editors’ Notes

1. CEEQUAL is the Assessment and Awards Scheme for Improving Sustainability in Civil Engineering and celebrates the achievement of high environmental and social performance. It aims to deliver improved project specification, design and construction of civil engineering works. CEEQUAL rewards project and contract teams in which clients, designers and contractors go beyond the legal and environmental and social minima to achieve distinctiv