Official Opening of South Kirkby Waste Recycling Facility
Ref: PR 8361
The Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, was joined by councillors and other dignitaries when she officially opened the South Kirkby Waste Recycling Facility on 20 September 2016.
Wakefield Council working in partnership with Shanks Waste Management Ltd ("Shanks"), has created one of the most high-tech recycling facilities in Europe at the South Kirkby site.
Dr Roscoe unveiled a plaque watched by guests including Cllr Denise Jeffrey, Deputy Leader, Wakefield Council, Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, Wakefield Council, Peter Dilnot, Shanks Group Chief Executive and Andrea Jenkyns, MP for Morley and Outwood.
The Centre has been operational since July 2015 when the Council introduced a new household recycling collection system which has led to a 10% increase in kerbside recycling across the district.
Cllr Jeffery said: "The official opening is a way of recognising how proud we are to have this fantastic facility which is using all the latest technology to recycle the district's waste."
Matthew Williams, Managing Director of Shanks, said "We are delighted to officially mark the opening of one of the most sophisticated waste-to-product facilities in the UK. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Council to make more from waste in Wakefield."
The South Kirkby Waste Treatment Facility uses multiple technologies to make more from waste and increase the districts landfill diversion rate towards 90%. The facility can handle up to 230,000 tonnes of waste a year and will generate roughly three quarters of its own energy needs from the waste it processes. It uses the latest in recycling technology to automatically sort recyclable materials such as paper and cardboard, glass, cans and plastic bottles.