East Cambs new "Cathedral of Recycling" opens its doors on Thursday

PUBLISHED: 08:48 02 November 2011

Inside Witchford Recycling Centre

Inside Witchford Recycling Centre

Scott Gilbert Photography

A VISIT to the tip will never be the same again - from Thursday sees the opening of the new recycling centre at Witchford.

The state of the art indoor split-level facility means there is no more climbing of steps to deposit waste into skips.

Instead, this new “Cathedral of Recycling” with its innovative green roof will make recycling a much simpler affair.

The centre on Stirling Way, next to Lancaster Way Business Park, replaces the old open air site at Grunty Fen.

It’s opening hours will be more convenient that the former site; open from 9am to 6pm six days a week, and 9am to 7pm on Wednesdays.

The building, designed by Capita Symonds and built by Willmott Dixon, has come in under the initial budge of £5.5m.

It is expected to increase recycling and reduce waste going to landfill. It will offer opportunities to recycle everyday household items from paper, glass and plastic bottles, to less commonplace items like cooking oil, paint and electrical goods.

Councillor Mathew Shuter, Cabinet Member for Enterprise at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “It is fantastic to celebrate the opening of another new recycling centre brought in on time and within budget. This new centre really is a huge step forward from the old site at Grunty Fen and is a great example of the County Council’s ongoing commitment to invest in new services and facilities.

“I am reliably informed that this ‘cathedral of recycling’ will recycle or reuse waste equivalent to the weight of two Eiffel Towers, so I know this centre will be a great resource for local communities in East Cambridgeshire.

Local councillor and chair of the liaison group, Bill Hunt, said: “This new recycling centre is a triumph and is going to make a massive difference to the way residents in East Cambridgeshire recycle their waste.

“It is a first class facility which is a fine example of what can be achieved when people work in partnership and cooperating for the good of the local community. I can’t wait to see the centre up and running and delivering on the hard work which has gone on to build it.”

Local councillor for Ely South and West, Sue Austen, said: “Today is an exciting day for everyone who has been involved in bringing this building to life. We have got a fantastic new recycling centre which will be a great asset not just to East Cambridgeshire but the whole county and I would pay tribute to everyone involved in this project.”

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