Rushden waste centre to shut for months

People wishing to recycle are asked to use other sites in the county while Rushden's is closed
People wishing to recycle are asked to use other sites in the county while Rushden's is closed

A recycling centre is set to close for up to five months while improvement works are undertaken.

Work to improve Rushden household waste recycling centre (HWRC) in Northampton Road is set to start in the new year.

It is hoped the improvements, including 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, will make it easier to use and reduce traffic congestion at the site.

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.”

The recycling centre will close from January 13, 2014, until early summer while the improvements are carried out.

While the work is ongoing, people are being asked to use one of the other HWRC sites in the county, including Wellingborough, Ecton Lane, Northampton and Kettering.

A partial closure of the Rushden site had been considered but it would not have been possible to operate the site while keeping both the public and the workforce safe.

A report from a meeting of East Northamptonshire Council’s waste and recycling working party on October 21 said the recycling centre is scheduled to close for about five months for the £500,000 upgrade.

Rushden HWRC is one of the best used of the county council’s 10 recycling sites across the county, with about 250,000 visits to the site in 2012-2013.

Information has already been made available to users of Rushden HWRC and more up-to-date information will be provided nearer the time.

For further information about the closure and planned works visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/hwrc.