Construction work has begun on a brand new Household Waste Recycling Centre in Knowsley.
Waste Officers at Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) have this week broken ground at the £1.1m Kirkby Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC), which is scheduled to open in spring 2012.
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 will have 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, should make it more convenient for members of the public to dispose of recyclable and waste items. The site will also include new expanded spaces for the collection of waste electrical items.
Councillor Joe DeAsha, Chairperson of MWDA, said: “We’re really excited to see work starting on site. The old facility was a bit cramped, whereas this new Centre will be 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 is being undertaken by Cheetham Hill Construction Ltd on behalf of MWDA, with the project being managed and constructed towards achieving an industry standard CEEQUAL award (Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment). 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 be constructing this new household waste recycling facility for the residents of Merseyside. The project team has now commenced with construction on site and work is currently on schedule for completion in early 2012.”
When open the new Centre will be operated and managed by MWDA’s contractor, Veolia Environmental Services.
MWDA 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.”
Merseyside’s 14 Household Waste Recycling Centers can accept a host of items – from cans, car batteries and cardboard to garden waste, glass, paper, scrap metal, textiles and timber, and more.
Photo – (left to right) Cheatham Hill Construction Director Phil Ross, MWDA Chairperson Councillor Joe DeAsha, MWDA Chief Executive Carl Beer