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Plans submitted for a new waste recycling centre in Haverhill

Plans have been submitted for a recycling facility on Haverhill Business Park which, if it is approved, could prevent ‘at least 60,000 tonnes of waste per year’ from going to landfill.

The bid for full planning permission to build the facility on 1.2 acres of vacant land in Phoenix Road, between Buildbase and a plot formerly occupied by HID Global, has been made to Essex County Council by Stowmarket Skips Limited.

The application states that the site would manage no more than 75,000 tonnes of waste each year, of which it is estimated that at least 80 per cent would be recycled.

The proposed site in Phoenix Road for a new recycling centre. Image: Google Maps
The proposed site in Phoenix Road for a new recycling centre. Image: Google Maps

The site has outline planning permission.

The design and access statement submitted by JMJ Planning Ltd as part of the application says: “ Recycling targets are minimum targets and there is always a need to increase opportunities to improve recycling rates beyond the targets where practicable and reduce the volume of residual waste that requires disposal.

“Recycling carried out at source can be delivered directly to companies that re-use or reprocess the recyclables without the need for further sorting.

“Mixed wastes are more difficult to recycle and facilities, like the one proposed, provide an important service to sort the wastes to extract the recyclable fractions.

“The proposed facility will be able to achieve a recycling rate of at least 80 per cent (by mechanical and manual sorting methods), diverting at least 60,000 tpa from landfill.”

The operation would comprise a recycling building, office and welfare building, an integrated picking station and screen, weighbridge, storage bays, security fencing and gates and car parking for up to 11 vehicles.

Parking will also be provided for seven HGVs and the facility would operate every day except for Sundays and bank holidays.

It would provide full-time work for 15 people.

All materials dealt with on the site would be non-hazardous and non-putrescible (unable to decay or turn putrid) household, commercial and industrial waste.

It is anticipated that about 65 deliveries of waste will be made per day.

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