Minister visits New Household Waste Recycling Centre
Welsh Government’s Minister for the Environment, Hannah Blythyn AM, visited the new, state-of-the-art Household Waste Recycling Centre at Oakenholt recently.
The new site is a split level design, which takes away the need for steps and platforms to access the various recycling areas. The scheme also includes a revised signalised junction on the A548 to improve access into the site.
The site works in partnership with Refurbs Flintshire to offer “reuse” opportunities for furniture. Refurbs also deconstruct furniture on site, into their component parts such as metal, wood and textiles to maximise recycling.
The centre has been operational since 1 October and has been well received by local residents who have already visited this new facility. Council officers are on hand to help them go through items brought so they are disposed in the right containers and maximum recycling is achieved.
The site is the final part of the redevelopment programme for the improvements to the Household Recycling Centres throughout Flintshire.
The Environment Minister said:
“Residents of Flintshire already recycle more than 67% of their waste, way above our national target for this year of 58%. I’m really impressed by the Recycling Centre, which will help recycle even more household waste.
“I’m also pleased to see the centre has systems in place to reuse materials where possible, as reusing is the best way to reduce waste. This all helps towards our long term goal to make Wales a ‘zero waste nation.’”
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Countryside, Councillor Carolyn Thomas, said:
“This new facility at Oakenholt completes an upgrade programme to our existing Household Waste Recycling Centres to bring them up to modern standards. It’s been made possible thanks to Welsh Government grant funding. The new development will help to improve our recycling figures further with the added benefit of ease of use and access to our users.”
Pictured: AM Hannah Blythyn, along with FCC's Steve Breen, Kevin Barry from Flintshire Refurbs and Cllr Carolyn Thomas
Pictured: FCC's Dave Jones, Kev Challinor, Steve Breen, FCC's Recycling & Compliance Officer Eryl House, Kevin Barry from Flintshire Refurbs, AM Hannah Blythyn, Cllr Carolyn Thomas, FCC's Kevin Edwards and FCC's Operations Manager John Evans