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27th June 2011

Recycling centre re-opens after £500,000 revamp

A major milestone and investment in Torbay’s ground-breaking recycling programme was celebrated on Friday 24 June with the re-opening of the much-improved household waste recycling centre (HWRC) at Yalberton.

Cllr David Thomas, Torbay's deputy mayor, Giles Chichester, South West England MEP, Dr Sarah Woolaston, MP for Totnes, and Philip Fellowes-Prynne, May Gurney CEO, cut a ribbon to mark the official re-opening of the HWRC.

They and other guests toured the centre, which is run by TOR2 and has undergone a £500,000 transformation with improved facilities for householders and trades people.

The launch of the improved HWRC is the latest enhancement to the extensive recycling programme operated by TOR2.

The existing waste and recycling centre has remained open for business during the 12-month improvement programme.

The main change that residents will notice is an improved layout which directs those depositing household waste and trade waste to separate areas, to cut queuing and improve flow through the facility.

In addition, signage has been improved, making it easier for visitors to recycle unwanted household items in the correct bays and containers.

The HWRC also has a new collection facility for unwanted re-saleable furniture which will be sold in Rowcroft Hospice charity shops.

Alastair Campbell, TOR2 project director, said: "Investing £500,000 on the household waste recycling centre demonstrates our commitment towards recycling in the Bay.

"The new facility will enable residents to recycle more waste products and will supplement the kerbside recycling service currently provided by TOR2 to the Bay’s 60,000-plus households.

"The new HWRC will mean less residual waste needs to be sent to landfill, and by doing so we are avoiding tough financial penalties.

"We have been encouraged by the complimentary comments we have already received from members of the public about the improved facilities. We hope other residents who have not yet visited the centre since its revamp will be equally impressed."

Cllr David Thomas, who is also Torbay Council's executive lead with responsibility for waste disposal and recycling, said: "Improvements to the Bay's household waste collections and to the facilities at Yalberton are key components in our commitment towards recycling.

"We are extremely grateful to residents who are playing their part by putting recyclable items in the various containers that have been provided by TOR2 and who are taking items to the recycling centre and other facilities across the Bay.

"It is essential that they continue to work with us as we strive to achieve 50 per cent recycling by next year, well ahead of the Government's target date of 2020."