A Newcastle-based town where the ancestors of the first USA president, George Washington, hail from is building a new recycling centre. Monument Park, Washington marks the spot where contractors Premier Waste Management are beginning work on the facility. Phase one of the facility will enable the recycling of non-hazardous materials such as cardboard, paper, plastics, wood and metals collected from commercial properties. Operations will be within fully enclosed buildings and come on-stream December 2007. Recycling director Phil Towers said: In the first phase, 50,000 tonnes of industrial waste will be recycled and that will rise to 100,000 tonnes after three years. Later phases of development will allow materials from general municipal solid waste to be processed at the facility based on the companys Parc technology. Premier claim that Parc converts food and other biological waste into soil conditioning product and extracts metals, glass and plastic bag waste for recycling, diverting over 75% of the waste away from landfill. Waste offers up a wealth of re-usuable materials and the value of recycling to the environment is well recognised. Premier is creating resource recovery operations like the one at Monument Park ahead of governmental and consumer requirements to help meet demand in the region, added Towers.