Norfolk in-house HWRCs ‘progressing well’

Construction of two household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) in Norfolk is “progressing well” and set to be complete by the end of the year, according to the Norse Group.

Costing £4.65 million, the Norwich North and Norwich South recycling centres will replace the existing sites at Mile Cross and Ketteringham.

They will both be managed by Norse Environmental Waste Services (NEWS), a subsidiary of the local authority-owned company Norse Group.

FCC currently operates the facility in Mile Cross, but its contract ends this year and will not be renewed.

NEWS will take over the HWRC contract for all of Norfolk, which the council says will allow “all of Norfolk’s HWRCs to operate under the same contract conditions and to be operated on open book principle”.

Construction of the Norwich North HWRC (Picture: Pentaco Construction Ltd)

‘Improved service’

NEWS operations director Dave Newell said: “We’re eagerly looking forward to the completion of these new state-of-the-art facilities, which will ensure that Norfolk remains at the forefront of recycling and sustainable waste management.

“With increased capacity to deal with more recyclable waste, we can help to deliver an improved service for residents and our client Norfolk county council.”

South

When announcing plans for the facility in July 2020, Norfolk county council said the Norwich South facility has been designed to have low level bins with no steps, “plenty of parking” and one-way traffic systems to smooth traffic flow and reduce queues.

The  design for the Norwich South facility

The council says the proposed plans for the site are part of a number of planned improvements that “together will enhance the network of recycling centres and make them more efficient and suitable for planned growth”.

The plans also include a new large reuse shop, supported by East Anglian Air Ambulance, which the council says will be eight times the size of the one already at Ketteringham.

Norfolk added the site would also include a ‘pay as you throw’ service for disposal of construction waste, a trade service for small businesses.

North

The Norwich North facility will feature “the county’s largest reuse shop”, a one-way system for smooth traffic flow and reduced queues as well as similar features as the other new plant.

Construction on both the plants started in November 2020, and Norse said this is on track to be completed this autumn.

“I’m proud that the design of both sites has been shaped by local people”

Cllr Andy Grant, Norfolk county council

Cllr Andy Grant, Norfolk county council cabinet member for environment and waste, has also hailed the progress being made at both new sites.

“It’s great to see this work progressing so well. I’m proud that the design of both sites has been shaped by local people who told us that they wanted easy access bins, smooth traffic flow through the site, a reuse shop, and plenty of car, bike and trailer parking so this is what we’ve done,” he said.

“Together the two brand new Norwich North and Norwich South recycling centres represent a £4.65m investment in making sure that we are providing a service fit for the future and that can meet the needs of a growing population.”

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