Construction begins on new HWRC in Kent
Construction of a new Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) in Allington, Kent has commenced, controlled by waste management company FCC Environment.
Kent County Council awarded a contract to FCC Environment to provide the management and operation of 12 HWRCs in the Mid and East Kent area in November 2020, including the site at Allington.
The Allington facility is due to open by June 2022 and has been designed to operate without interruption, as it will be on two levels – allowing full containers to be removed safely whilst residents use the site.
As well as the usual recycling bins, there will also be a reuse space for items that are still usable.
The design aims to incorporate environmentally friendly features such as solar panels and rainwater harvesting.
The aggregate used in the build is a recycled composite using plastic bags that have been thrown away.
Kent County Council currently has 18 HWRCs, providing facilities for the recycling and disposal of more than 30 different types of waste.
Each year Kent's household waste sites receive approximately 185,000 tonnes of waste and 3.5 million visits.
Susan Carey, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "KCC’s investment in this, our 19th Household Waste Recycling Centre, shows our commitment to boosting recycling in the county and relieving the pressure on the busy Tovil site.
"We have long wanted to provide an extra Household Waste Recycling Centre to serve the Maidstone and Tonbridge and Malling areas, and I'm delighted to see work starting."
Steve Longdon, Operations Director, FCC Environment said: "FCC Environment is one of the UK's most trusted resource and waste management businesses.
“We operate some 100 Household Waste and Recycling Centres, so we consider ourselves to be a safe pair of hands.
"But designing and building new facilities with the public's needs at their heart is a positive move, not just for the user but the new site will enable us to maximise the amount that is recycled making an environmental contribution by doing the right thing."