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Torfaen County Borough Council’s new household waste recycling centre

15 May 2015 12:29

(left to right): Councillor John Cunningham, Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services at Torfaen County Borough Council, Councillor Bob Wellington CBE, Leader of Torfaen County Borough Council, Carl Sargeant, Minister for Natural Resources and Fernando Capelastegui, Regional Director Central at FCC Environment

Carl Sargeant, the Minister for Natural Resources, yesterday (Thursday 14 May) officially  opened Torfaen County Borough Council’s new household waste recycling centre (HWRC).

The HWRC achieved a 79.4% recycling rate during its first month of operation, above the 75% target specified in the contract by the Council.

FCC Environment, one of the UK’s leading recycling and waste management companies, was awarded the contract to operate and manage the HWRC and and waste transfer station (WTS) at Panteg Way, New Inn, Pontypool on behalf of the council.

The seven year contract commenced on 1 April 2015 and will see FCC Environment help the council to achieve its ambitious recycling rates as well as meet the statutory targets set by Welsh Government.

During the first year of the contract a 75% target has been set, increasing to 80% in years two to four and 85% in year five. In order to achieve the target recycling rates, new waste streams will be collected such as mattresses and carpets at the HWRC in Pontypool.

The contract covers the day-to-day operation of the HWRC including recycling and recovery services. It also includes the routine maintenance and transportation of specific contract waste streams from the site to the Waste Transfer Station and the council’s nominated reprocessing or final disposal facilities.

Carl Sargeant, the Minister for Natural Resources said: “Wales is the best in the UK for recycling, and local authorities and households continue to make efforts to recycle more, and send less to landfill. I am pleased to open this new facility which will allow Torfaen County Borough Council to recycle a wider range of materials, therefore reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill.”

Councillor John Cunningham, executive member for neighbourhood services at Torfaen County Borough Council, said: “Our previous household waste recycling centre was built in the 1980s and was too small to cope with the range of materials we are now required to recycle. The new and improved site can handle a much higher volume of materials.

“All Welsh councils must meet strict recycling targets in the coming years and we look forward to working with FCC Environment to meet these targets.

“Members of the public have already praised the layout of the new HWRC since its opening and recycling rates have already increased significantly.”

Fernando Capelastegui, Regional Director Central at FCC Environment, commented: “We are extremely pleased to be working with Torfaen County Borough Council to offer residents a wider range of services which will help to improve the area’s recycling rates.

“FCC Environment is one of the largest operators of HWRCs in the UK and we now manage 87 such facilities on the behalf of 60 local authorities across the country. Our experience and expertise has already helped to significantly improve recycling rates in Torfaen in a cost effective way.”

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