Major improvements at recycling centre proposed

One of the city’s eight recycling centres is set for a major overhaul.

Members of the council’s executive board are being asked to approve works that will vastly improve facilities at the Kirkstall Road recycling centre when they meet on Wednesday 5 March.

Although detailed design work has yet to be concluded, the proposed site blueprint includes a new re-use shop – similar to Revive at the East Leeds recycling centre – so people can donate unwanted but good quality items to local charities.

The proposals also include providing an area for waste transfer activities, which currently take place at the site.

If councillors agree, detailed design works will be finalised and a full planning application submitted.

If, following the normal planning consultation period, plans subsequently receive the green light, it’s hoped that the refurbished site will help increase the city’s recycling performance and cut the amount of waste going to landfill.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“Our recycling centres are a key element of our strategy to help people recycle as much waste as possible.

“The site at Kirkstall Road, while well used, is in need of modernisation. Upgrading the site is the next step in our ambitious plans to encourage people to re-use and recycle even more.”

If plans receive the green light, it’s anticipated that works – estimated at just over £4 million – will start on site in late 2014 and be completed by the end of 2015.

In anticipation of the longer term plans to improve the site, old fire damaged buildings are in the process of being demolished.

As well as dealing with an eyesore, the burnt out former waste transfer buildings are being removed in preparation for the proposed site redevelopment.

The main site is open throughout the demolition process so residents are still be able to recycle and re-use household goods.

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

For media enquiries please contact:

Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk