Landfill site closes ahead of restoration project
A Telford landfill site – which stopped receiving waste in February – has finally closed to the public and will now be restored.
The Candles landfill site is located at the rear of Horsehay Golf Course and is still currently used for the parking of waste collection vehicles.
However, these are likely to be relocated in the near future to allow the waste company in charge of The Candles site to start restoring it, a process likely to be completed by the end of the year.
Although Telford and Wrekin’s waste did not go to the Candles site, the amount of waste from Telford being disposed of through landfill has been steadily reducing as a result of the Council’s successful kerbside recycling programme.
Since the introduction of the purple lidded wheelie bins in April 2014 which take plastic bottles, cans and glass, household recycling tonnage has risen by over 4,000 tonnes, from 8,000 tonnes to over 12,000 tonnes.
This waste tonnage would previously have been landfilled but has now been successfully recycled thanks to the participation of many Telford and Wrekin residents.
With the planned opening of a new Waste Transfer Station in Hortonwood in 2016, this will ensure that even more waste is diverted from landfill in the coming years.
Councillor Shaun Davies, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, said: "Telford is well on the way to being free from landfill waste disposal, the emphasis in the future being on reducing and recycling waste collected at the kerbside.
"The closure of The Candles site is welcome news and I look forward to the landfill area of the site being restored back its previous countryside use."
The part used for vehicles will be restored later.