A new waste and recycling facility in Fengate, Peterborough, is set to replace the current site in Dogsthorpe.
The new site will open on Monday, February 18, and will be double the size of the current facility in Dogsthorpe, which closes on Sunday, February 17.
The Fengate site has roof cover, improved vehicle access and will be easier for people to use as well as providing more space for residential waste and recycling.
FCC Environment Limited is a leading resource and waste management company and are the designers and builders of the facility, they will also manage it for the next ten years.
Councillor Marco Cereste, a 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 for 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 only days the centre will not be open are Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. On its first day of opening, Monday, February 18, it will open slightly later than usual, at 10 am rather than 8 am. From Tuesday, February 19 the centre will open from 8 am as usual.
The centre will also include an educational area so residents can learn more about recycling, the process and where black bin bags can be opened up to allow items which have been wrongly disposed of to be re-used or recycled.
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.”
More information about what can be recycled, vehicle size restrictions and permits can be found on www.peterborough.gov.uk/hrc
Anyone planning to use a site with a van or trailer will still need a permit before visiting the site. Any valid permit which was issued before Monday, February 18 will still be accepted at the new site.