A household waste and recycling centre in Leicestershire is working at full capacity again following the demolition of a former incinerator on the site.
It was decided to demolish the incinerator, which closed around 20 years ago, to improve the site at Whetstone, and demolition work started earlier this summer.
A crane was used to gradually take down the building, with 98% of the demolished materials being recycled and likely to be used in new construction projects in the local area.
Leicestershire County Council waste team manager Rashik Lad said: “As well as being open to Leicestershire residents, Whetstone is the only council-run site which welcomes business customers, who are charged a fee to dispose of trade waste. This helps to ensure that council tax payers are not picking up the cost of commercial waste disposal.”
Every year, the Whetstone site handles more than 60,000 tonnes of material and around 60% of this is recycled or reused.