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Valpak Funded Improvements to HWRC Boost Recycling in Northwich

by Cheshire Council | Nov 21, 2013
Northwich residents will soon find it even easier to recycle electrical appliances and plastic waste following improvements to the town’s Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).

The refurbishment of the Marbury Lane facility will see three new skips introduced for Small Electrical Appliances, Large Electrical Appliances and Hard Plastics.

The layout of the site will also be altered to accommodate gantries to improve access to skips.

Work to implement the improvements begins today (November 18) and is expected to take three weeks.

Councillor Lynn Riley, Executive Member for Localities, said:

“These improvements will make it easier for people to dispose of their unwanted electrical appliances, which in turn we hope will help to increase the amount of items we collect.

We are also introducing a skip for Hard Plastics, which is an entirely new stream of recyclable waste.

Although the HWRC will remain open as normal during the improvement works, access may be restricted so we would ask our customers to please bear with us.”

The improvements are being funded by Valpak Limited under its Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) contract with Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Sarah Pass, Commercial Manager for Valpak, said:

The new site layout should make it easier for the public to locate the correct containers for disposal of their waste electrical items, as well as improving efficiencies on site.

There will be environmental benefits from more efficient logistics; however, our main aim is to encourage the public to discard their old or broken electrical and electronic items where they can be reused or recycled.

Washing machines and some other large household items, including fridges, will be assessed and if they are still in good working condition, sent to a local reuse charity to support their employment programme and families in Cheshire West and Chester.

By making recycling more accessible we hope more people will visit the site.

Adam Smith from HW Martin Waste Ltd, which operates the HWRC contract, said:

The improved access to the skips will reduce queuing times, particularly during busy periods, and customers who pre-sort their material will ultimately spend less time on site.

Northwich HWRC reuses or recycles small and large electrical items, televisions and monitors, fridges/freezers and fluorescent bulbs.

Since April 2013 the facility has received more than 200 tonnes of WEEE and reused more than 100 large appliances and fridge/freezers.

Northwich residents who wish to use an alternative HWRC site while the improvement works are underway are advised that their nearest facility is located on Leslie Road, Winsford, CW7 2RB.