Coventry recycling facility which could cut “significant costs” in half set for approval

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Plans for a new regional recycling facility based in Coventry to help “cut significant costs” in half are expected to get the green light.

Eight local councils are behind plans for a new Material Recycling Facility at the back of Coventry & Solihull Waste Disposal Company on London Road.

Coventry City Council is among them and says the scheme will slash current costs of £1.6 million in half, saving £847,000 a year and enabling a wider amount of recyclable material – 175,000 tonnes annually.

When plans were unveiled last year, the venture was predicted to cost £34.5m overall shared between six councils, with Coventry contributing £11m.

Since then, two more councils have come on board and the overall project costs and council contribution have changed.

Although that final figure has not been confirmed, Coventry will be pumping in the largest share of the funding to mirror the fact they will be the largest shareholders at 21.5%.



How the regional recycling facility on London Road in Coventry could look
How the regional recycling facility on London Road in Coventry could look

Plans were expected to receive approval by a committee in December but a decision was pushed back until January 14 after an ‘internal error’ with the consultation responses, the council said.

Despite the delay in approval if it gets the go-ahead next week, there will be no delay in work start and finish dates, which will remain for Spring 2021 and Spring 2023.

Cabinet member for city services Cllr Pat Hetherton said: “This facility looks set to be really impressive and in the short term it’s going to help us make sure our waste and recycling service is as efficient as it can be.

“In the long term, it’s going to enable us to raise our recycling rates.

“Our aim to ensure Coventry is a cleaner, greener city and this facility will help us match that aim. It will give us the opportunity to make the recycling process more efficient and environmentally friendly.

“By opening this facility and taking greater control over the process, we can cut significant costs. This isn’t just a short-term investment, it’s a long-term investment to ensure a greener future for our city.”

Joining Coventry in the scheme is Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, North Warwickshire Borough Council, Rugby Borough Council, Solihull Council, Walsall Council, Warwick District Council, and Stratford District Council.

The site is planned on a former allotment which is described as “disused and overgrown”.

If approved, the site would be open 24 hours with deliveries and HGV movements restricted between 6am-10pm.

However the bid has prompted 29 letters of objection claiming it will add to “already heavily congested” roads in the area, harm air quality, and impact nearby homes – the closest just 120m from the site, although it will be screened by a 100m-wide buffer.

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