Work has started to refurbish Rushden’s Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).
The refurbishment will see the introduction of new recycling bays, an additional traffic lane to accommodate more vehicles and an express recycling lane so small items can be dropped off quickly.
The site is closed while the work is taking place and will re-open in the early summer, during which time people are being asked to use alternative HWRC sites in the county.
A partial closure of the site had been considered while the revamp was taking place, but it would not have been possible to operate the site while keeping both the public and the workforce safe.
Cllr Michael Clarke, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for transport, highways and the environment, said: “Many of our recycling sites are now about 30-years-old and much more heavily used than when they were first built.
“A result of this is that the Rushden site doesn’t work as well as it could and so we’ll be carrying out these improvement works.
“Of course we recognise that there will be some inconvenience while this work is taking place but I believe the end result will be well worth it.”
Rushden’s recycling centre is one of the best used of the county council’s 10 recycling sites across the county with about a quarter of a million visits to the site in 2012-2013.
Further information, updates and details of alternative sites in Wellingborough, Kettering and Northampton are available at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/hwrc.