Skip waste recycling centre to open in Kidderminster

5 March 2008

A state-of-the-art recycling centre handling up to 255,000 tonnes of skip waste a year is set to open this summer in the West Midlands.

Worcestershire skip hire firm Lawrence is building the £5 million facility in Kidderminster on the site of a former forge works.

The Forge Recycling Centre will include an indoor facility for cleaning and sorting waste into materials such as metal, plastic, sand and stone. A viewing platform will also be built for visitors to come and watch recycling take place.

The company hopes the site will enable them to recycle up to 99% of waste on site, and to place itself at the "forefront" of recycling in Europe. It has already hosted a visit by Conservative leader David Cameron.

David Lawrence, managing director of Lawrence Recycling & Waste Management, said: "Over the last 20 years, the environmental landscape has shifted dramatically to address the way we use - and dispose of - our non reusable fossil fuels.

"The Forge Recycling Centre will reduce pressure on overstretched landfill sites, transform more waste into useful materials and help local homes and businesses to cut their carbon footprint," he added.


At the Forge site, Lawrence will recycle a whole range of commercial, industrial, construction and demolition waste from its existing customers.

Although the site will not be open to the public, it will take material from organisations such as the Wyre Forest Community Housing Group, Thomas Vale Construction and Creative Landscapes.

The material will be sorted by technology provided by Blue Machinery plc.

The recycling centre was visited last year by Conservative leader David Cameron who praised Lawrence's recycling plans.

He said: "It looks very impressive, and to have more recycling of building materials makes perfect sense. An initiative and enterprising scheme like this to recycle building materials can make sure that the gravel, shale, bricks and stones that we needs to build new houses can come from recycled sources."

Once fully operational, the Forge recycling centre will create up to 100 jobs, the company said.