A NEW household waste recycling site in Newhaven opened on Thursday July 14 for the benefit of local residents.
East Sussex County Council invested more than £2m to acquire the land in New Road and build the new split level site, which will accommodate containers for all the items currently separated at the Lewes Road facility.
It will also mean that users of the site will no longer have to climb steps on foot to put their waste into the containers.
There are more containers available than at the old site and a dedicated lorry area, which means the facility does not have to close while full containers are replaced.
The new site also includes a dedicated queuing lane that means traffic will not need to wait on the road outside the site when it is busy.
The site was funded by a specific Government grant to improve waste and recycling infrastructure and will help the council achieve its target of half of all household waste being recycled by 2020.
Lead cabinet member for economy, transport and environment Carl Maynard, said: “I’m delighted residents of Newhaven, Peacehaven and Telscombe 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.”
Operations manager of Veolia South Downs Steve Drake 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.”
A restoration scheme for the old site is being developed in conjunction with proposals to utilise the site as part of the Waterside Park.
For more information visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/rubbishandrecycling