Redevelopment of waste station to increase recycling

21% of rubbish recycled throughout Calderdale, at this site 47% of rubbish is recyled, can these percentages be improved?'Todmorden recycling centre signs, Burnley road
21% of rubbish recycled throughout Calderdale, at this site 47% of rubbish is recyled, can these percentages be improved?'Todmorden recycling centre signs, Burnley road

PLANS have been submitted to demolish the waste transfer building at Eastwood as part of a scheme to improve recycling facilities.

Calderdale Council’s sustainable environment team is looking to carry out redevelopment work at Todmorden Household Waste and Recycling Centre, on Halifax Road.

The aim of the project is to encourage recycling and re-use of materials, reduce the amount processed to landfill, and minimise the effects of the site on the local community.

It is also hoped the work will improve operational safety and increase capacity and usage rates.

A spokesperson said: “The need for redevelopment is evident due to site usage levels and current capacity.

“Traffic queues to enter and congestion within the site are commonplace and taking no action will eventually result in dissuading the population from using the site to dispose of waste in a proper fashion.

“Redevelopment will improve health and safety conditions for both staff and public using the site by segregating the operational areas from public areas and reducing pedestrian movements within trafficked areas.

“This will reduce the likelihood of accidents involving plant machinery and vehicles.”

Development will include construction of a widened footway and bus shelter at the northern end of the site.

A total of 390 square metres of planted verges between the existing site and Halifax Road will be removed to provide more manoeuvring space for skip wagons and to allow the construction of a new site exit for the public.

Approximately five additional skips will be introduced, including two for general waste.

The spokesperson said: “The development is intended to increase recycling, therefore there may be a slight increase in traffic to the site caused by increased usage.

“However, the improvements are considered to give a reduction in the impact of the site on the highway and local residents by providing better circulation of traffic within the site and therefore reducing queuing on the A646.”