Cambridgeshire County Council has started to build an innovative £2.2 million indoor recycling centre in St Neots.
The recycling centre is due to open this autumn and will be the first of its kind to be built by adapting an existing building, rather than being built from scratch. The facility will have an education and reuse centre combined and collect a range of materials, including mobile phones, plasterboard and waste cooking oil.
A spokesman told MRW: It will also provide a one stop shop for all waste information including kerbside collections, local bring bank information, and links to local charity shops and reuse networks.
It is also a much bigger facility than any existing indoor centres with a capacity of up to 15,000 tonnes per annum. It is also very different from other recycling centres in terms of the amount of landscaping to create wildlife habitat on the site.
The education centre will run courses on waste reduction, reuse and recycling for local schools, colleges and community groups, but also run broader waste related courses, such as make do and mend and furniture repair.
The spokesman added that the council had not experienced any significant problems from the recession on finding end markets for recycled materials. He said: We are part of a very strong Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership and believe that working closely to exchange information, experience and support is the key. We have seen an increase in cans.
"We have also seen a slight decrease in glass. To help support and increase dry recycling this year, we will be running a high profile campaign (Lets Keep a Good Thing Going) tied in with the national campaign.