£5.2m boost for Leeds recycling hub

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A recycling centre will close for a year while it undergoes a £5.2 million makeover.

The Kirkstall Road recycling centre, which is one of eight in Leeds, will shut its doors to the public from January 4, 2016.

The revamp will include 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 include a reuse shop which will sell goods to the public and be run by a not-for-profit community organisation which will offer training, volunteering and apprenticeship opportunities for local people.

Councillor Fiona Venner, Leeds City Council’s lead member for sustainable communities, said: “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.”

Residents will still be able to use recycling facilities at the nearest alternative sites: Meanwood Road and Pudsey.

The revamped site is expected to reopen in early 2017. Once operational, it is estimated that increases in recycling at the site could save £25,000 a year. The site’s transfer station will remain open throughout the redevelopment.

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