Enhanced seven day recycling centre service to deliver six figure saving
Changes to Telford & Wrekin Council’s household recycling centres will be made later in the year – resulting in an enhanced seven day a week service which also delivers a saving of £140,000.
The revamp will see recycling centres at Ketley and Granville close and a brand new one at Hortonwood 60 opened on 3 October.
This will mean that the borough will then have two recycling centres – the new one at Hortonwood and the existing one at Halesfield.
It is planned that the Halesfield site will be refurbished and both it and Hortonwood will have improved access and walkways to make accessibility easier.
The new Hortonwood site will also have a transfer station. The opening of this was part of Veolia’s contractual commitment to divert waste away from landfill. when it took over the council’s recycling service and has been brought forward from 2019.
Both sites – one in the north of the borough, one in the south - will be open 9am-5pm seven days a week, 362 days a year.
The change will mean that Telford and Wrekin’s household recycling centres are open for 770 hours extra per year and also removes the uncertainty of whether a site is open or not on a given day.
At the moment, there are 5,826 properties that are more than six miles away from their nearest household recycling centre. The changes mean this number will go down to 4,840.
Councillor Shaun Davies, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Neighbourhood and Customer Services, said: “We have taken on board feedback that we were given by users of the existing centres in a Residents’ Survey done by Veolia last year.
“This indicated that 30 per cent of residents were satisfied with the existing opening times at household recycling centres.
“So I am delighted that as part of our budget proposals to make £30m worth of cuts, we have come up with a plan that delivers an even better service that saves a significant amount of money.
“The new model means that we can concentrate our resources on one recycling centre in the north of the borough and one in the south and residents will have the assurance that both sites will be open seven days a week.
“The fact that we have been able to bring forward the opening of Hortonwood HRC and transfer the operation of Halesfield HRC to Veolia reflects the excellent work Veolia has done since the contract started, including increasing recycling rates by 17 per cent this year.”
All relevant staff will transfer across to Telford and Wrekin’s recycling contractor Veolia, with no jobs put at risk.