A new £3 million waste transfer station has been open officially opened on the outskirts of York.
The waste transfer station, built by Yorwaste at its Harewood Whin facility, will handle 75,000 tonnes of waste each year. The waste will come from households in the City of York and Selby District Council areas, as well as Yorwaste’s commercial customers in North Yorkshire.
Waste that comes into the station will be sorted and bulked by Yorwaste before being taken for final disposal at the new Allerton Waste Recovery Park (AWRP), which is due to start accepting waste in August. The waste at AWRP, which is just off the A1 at Knaresborough, will be recovered into renewable energy.
Speaking at the official opening of the transfer station, Steve Barker, Managing Director of Yorwaste, said: “With the opening of Allerton Waste Recovery Park, it was essential to have a facility nearby where waste can be sorted and bulked before it goes for final disposal and recovery.
“We are therefore delighted that the waste transfer station, which is the best of its kind in the country, has opened on schedule, just as Allerton Park becomes fully operational.
“It means our local authority and commercial customers will have access to a state-of-the-art facility which, because of its location, will provide greater value for money and help them meet their environmental responsibilities through landfill diversion and more recycling and recovery of waste.
“This facility could not have been built without the support of so many people and organisations and these include the local community, City of York Council, our architects Vincent and Gorbing and contractor Seymour Civil Engineering. We would like to thank everyone for this support.
“These are very exciting times for Yorwaste as we continue to expand and cement our position as the leading waste management company in North Yorkshire.
“The completion of the waste transfer station takes our investment to over £10 million in the last few months, after we also took over management of North Yorkshire County Council’s household waste recycling centres and acquired Todd Waste Management.”
Kevin Byrne, Managing Director of Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “The project had several constraints, including time and working alongside an operational facility, but it has been very successful and we look forward to the opportunity to work together with Yorwaste again in the future.”
The Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Barbara Boyce, pressed the button which opened the doors to the transfer station, enabling the first waste collection vehicle to enter to deposit waste.
Councillor Boyce said: “I have followed the building of this facility with interest and it’s fantastic to be part of something which will help to recycle and recover even more of York’s waste.”