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Recycling centre to close for overhaul

One of Leeds’ eight recycling centres is due to close next week for refurbishment.

From Monday, January 4, the Kirkstall Road recycling centre will shut its doors to the public.

Residents will still be able to make use of all the recycling facilities at the nearest alternative sites, Meanwood Road and Pudsey.

Other recycling centres across the city achieve over 70% recycling, so with an investment of £5.2 million the Kirkstall site will be able to match that performance.

The revamp includes creating a new split level public recycling area, an operational area for the council to store and transfer recyclable materials, new offices and staff facilities, space to store wheeled bins and landscaping works.

The redeveloped site will also be home to a reuse shop. Items left at the site that are too good to be thrown away will be sold to the public.

The shop will be run by a not-for-profit community organisation who will offer training, volunteering and apprenticeship opportunities for local people. Profits from the enterprise will be ploughed back into their organisation.

“Although the Kirkstall site is well used, its refurbishment is long overdue.

“Recycling centres are a big element of our recycling strategy so with this significant investment we can help residents recycle as much as possible and in turn help us save money and cut emissions.

"The new reuse shop has been very successful elsewhere in the city so we’re looking forward to seeing it set up in Kirkstall.

“We appreciate that the temporary site closure will inconvenience local residents, but with our ambition to recycle more, the site modernisation is necessary. "The improved site will help us to respond to the wishes of local people more effectively, particularly when it comes to issues such as the effective disposal of unwanted items around student changeover time.”

– Cllr. Fiona Venner, Leeds City Council

To allow people to do their festive recycling, the site will be open this weekend on January 2 and January 3 before closing on January 4.

The revamped site is expected to reopen in early 2017.

Once operational, it is estimated that increases in recycling at the site could generate savings of £25,000 a year.

The site is currently home to a transfer station so business waste can be moved across the city to various treatment or disposal sites.

The transfer station will remain open throughout the redevelopment so it will be business as usual for commercial waste customers.

Information on all the council’s recycling facilities can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk.

Recycling collections due to end for winter

East Lindsey District Council’s recycling collection will finish for the winter during the two week period following November 11 – depending on your collection day.

From March 31, 2014, the Council will be launching fortnightly Green Waste Collection for £25 per year for 25 collections over 50 weeks. Details on how to sign up for the service will be released in the New Year.

During the winter months Green Waste can be taken to one of the County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. To check your current household waste and recycling calendar, visit www.e-lindsey.gov.uk

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Recycling 'can boost economic growth'

The new recycling plant near Halifax will offer local authorities who have policies not to export any waste for recycling an alternative to sending them to landfill, and cut the emissions associated with transporting them to recycling facilities abroad, the project's backers say.

Dealing with waste and recycling properly is not only good for the environment, but can boost economic growth and create jobs. This new recycling plant is an exciting development and I'm delighted to see businesses working together to improve our ability to recycle more here in the UK."

– Environment Minister Lord de Mauley

Halifax recycling plant will deal with more than a billion cartons a year

The recycling plant will turn cartons into industrial-strength paperboard

A new recycling plant in West Yorkshire which will be able to recycle more than a billion food and drinks cartons a year has been opened.

The UK's only dedicated plant for recycling cartons will be able to turn up to 40% of the 25,000 tonnes of cartons produced for the food and drinks market each year into industrial-strength paperboard.

It is hoped that the facility in Stainland near Halifax which could recycle as many as 1.25 million cartons a year, will help boost recycling rates for the containers, which previously had to be sent to Europe to be recycled.

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Protest held over plans for recycling site near village

A protest's been held by angry residents living in a North Lincolnshire village, who are concerned over the plans to build a recycling plant there.

Campaigners against the proposals say if given the go-ahead the plant will attract vermin, lead to increased traffic and devalue local house prices. But the owner of the site say's that won't be an issue and will actually benefit the area. Sarah Clark reports.

Leeds recycling centre to close

Leeds' Harehills recycling centre will close on Wednesday August 28.

It's part of long-term plans for the construction of a new school to meet high demand for primary school places in the area.

Alternative recycling facilities are available at the nearby Seacroft (East Leeds) recycling centre as well the Meanwood Road and Kirkstall Road sites.

Following a review of recycling facilities, the Stanley Road site was found to have the lowest recycling rate of all nine centres across the city.

“We’re totally committed to increasing the amount we recycle. Our recent recycling rates and the improvements we’re seeing with upgraded services like the revamped East Leeds recycling site and more frequent recycling collections to some 56,000 properties, means we’re on track to meet our recycling targets.

– Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council

Illegal booze recycled into electricity

Counterfeit alcohol seized by Trading Standards from across Lincolnshire is being recycled to generate electricity, in a project thought to be the first of its kind in the country.

Around 8 tonnes of illegal alcohol has been seized by Trading Standards since March 2011, along with almost 40 kilograms of fake tobacco and 55 thousand counterfeit cigarettes.

But as Ian Newell of Lincolnshire Trading Standards explained the counterfeir booze is being sent to a plant in Sheffield, where the liquid is being recycled to create electricty, that's then fed into to the national grid

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