Residents are being invited to have their say on plans by Cambridgeshire County Council, as the Waste Disposal Authority, to develop a new household recycling centre (HRC) in March.

The town’s existing recycling centre, off Hundred Road, must close by 2023 under its current planning consent.

To ensure that residents have continued access to household waste recycling services, the council is proposing to relocate the facility to a site adjacent to the March Waste Transfer station on Melbourne Avenue.

A new permanent facility will offer increased capacity to meet the needs of the county’s growing population, while also meeting best practice operational and health and safety standards.

The proposals show a split-level design, maximising the capacity for queueing vehicles off the public highway and with separate heavy commercial vehicle access.

It is also proposed to have separate access for cyclists and pedestrians, a reuse shop and segregation between the public and operational areas to avoid the need to close the site when exchanging recycling and waste containers.

Residents can visit an online virtual exhibition where they can view site plans and more information, ask questions, and leave their feedback. The findings of the consultation will be fed into a planning application for the new facility, which is expected to be submitted later this year.

Councillor Lorna Dupre, chair of the county council’s environment and green investment committee said: “Our network of household recycling centres provides a vital service for residents. The centres accept items for reuse, as well as providing opportunities to recycle as much waste as possible. They also support our net-zero carbon ambition.

“This new proposed facility will offer many benefits to our residents. As well as offering increased capacity to accommodate the needs of our growing population, the proposals also include better traffic management on-site to reduce queues. The site would also be split-level, enabling residents to dispose of their waste without needing to climb steps.

“I would encourage everyone to share their views on the proposed facility when the consultation opens on 8 June.”

More information about the proposals and how to take part in the consultation is available here

The consultation runs from Wednesday, June 8 to Wednesday, July 6 2022.

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