HARROGATE’S new household waste recycling centre opened yesterday.
The site at Penny Pot Lane, run by North Yorkshire County Council, is a split-level facility, meaning people can stand on the higher level and drop their recycling materials and waste into skips, rather than having to climb stairs.
County Coun Chris Metcalfe, executive member for waste management, said: “The new HWRC will divert 70 per cent of waste delivered to the site away from landfill with around 25 different materials accepted for reuse, recycling and composting.”
He said it would alleviate pressure on the Stonefall depot at Wetherby Road, reducing the use of that site by around 45 per cent.
Opening times from November to February are 8.30am-4pm, except for Wednesdays. Time restrictions will apply for large vehiclers and trailers.
The site, a former poultry farm 3.1 miles from the town centre, is designed to provide facilities for residents in the west of Harrogate and should deal with 170 tonnes of waste per week.
North Yorkshire estimates the centre will be visited by 55 vehicles an hour during weekday peak times and up to 1,000 in total on Sundays.
It was approved in September 2009 despite opposition from Harrogate Council.
For more about the site, go to www.northyorks.gov.uk/hwrc or call 0845 8727374.