A new era for waste and recycling in Peterborough will dawn on Monday 18 February 2019 with the opening of the new Household Recycling Centre (HRC).
The new facility is in Fengate next door to the energy from waste plant. It is more than double the size of the current facility in Dogsthorpe which closes on Sunday 17 February.
The new site has roof cover, improved vehicle access and will be easier for people to use and provide more space for residential waste and recycling.
Leading resource and waste management company FCC Environment Limited has designed and built the facility and will manage it for the next ten years.
Councillor Marco Cereste, cabinet member for waste and street scene, said: “The investment we have made in the new Household Recycling Centre demonstrates our commitment to improving facilities in the city and boosting the amount we can recycle.
"It's a big improvement on the current facility, which is not sufficient to cope with the volumes of waste generated at present by residents, let alone in the next 20 years as our city grows.
"Currently 69 per cent of the waste which ends up at the Household recycling Centre in Dogsthorpe is recycled but we will be looking to push that well above 70 per cent once the new site opens.
"The centre is free to use, open all year and I would encourage all residents with re-usable items, recycling, garden waste or rubbish to make good use of it.”
The centre will include an educational area so that residents can learn more about recycling and the process and where black bin bags can be opened up and sorted so that items wrongly disposed of can now be re-used or recycled.
The new site will be free for householders to use and open every day of the year, apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's day. It will open slightly later than usual, at 10am, on Monday 18 February 2019. From Tuesday 19 February the centre will open from 8am as usual.
Steve Longdon, regional director for FCC Environment, said: “We manage 100 household recycling centres across the country and have drawn upon this extensive experience when designing, building and operating this new facility to ensure that visitors to the site have a good experience.
"We are looking forward to opening the doors to the site, welcoming residents and helping them to recycle even more.”
For more information about the Household Recycling Centre including what can be recycled, vehicle size restrictions and permits visit our HRC page.
Any resident with a van or trailer will still need to obtain a permit before visiting the site. Any permit issued (and which is date valid) before Monday 18 February 2019 will be accepted at the new site.