A NEW £1 MILLION eco-friendly waste recycling plant has opened with the primary aim of being more user-friendly.
The Household Waste Recycling Site off Bexhill Road is situated on the former recycling site in Freshfields. The split level site allows separation of a wider range of materials than at the old facility.
It is also more user-friendly and will mean that people will no longer have to climb steps to put their waste into the containers.
More containers will be available than previously as well as a dedicated service area enabling the facility to stay open while full containers are removed and replaced.
The new site also includes a dedicated queuing lane so traffic will not need to wait on the main access road outside the site when it is busy.
Veolia Environmental Services is working in partnership with East Sussex County Council to deliver an integrated waste management service.
The site will greatly improve the waste and recycling infrastructure available to local residents and will help Veolia achieve the target of 33 per cent of all household waste being recycled from 2015 onwards.
County councillor Matthew Lock, lead cabinet member for economy, said: “I’m delighted Hastings residents now have this modern, convenient facility to recycle such a wide range of materials.
“We all need to play a part in helping to reduce the amount of waste we produce, and increase the amount we reuse and recycle.
“This new site is a fantastic addition to East Sussex’s waste infrastructure.”
Allan Key, general manager of Veolia Environmental Services South Downs, said: “We look forward to providing an enhanced service to local residents from this modern facility.
“With continued support from local residents this new facility will help us achieve much higher rates of recycling and will provide a more welcoming and user-friendly environment.”
The Government has set a target of 33 per cent of household waste to be recycled or composted by 2015.
By 2015, the waste sent to landfills should be 35 per cent of that sent in 1995 and 67 per cent of all waste to be recovered and disposed of by 2015.
For more information about recycling visit www.recycling-guide.org.uk/science.