A household waste recycling centre (HWRC) in Yorkshire has reopened with a new reuse shop and solar panels after a £5.2m revamp.
Leeds City Council’s Kirkstall HWRC reopened on 6 March with a new split-level recycling area with 16 bays.
A one-way system has been introduced to allow better access for cars and reduce queuing on surrounding roads during busy periods.
Residents and local businesses will be able to donate reusable items such as furniture, working electrical items, clothing, bikes, toys, books, CDs and bric-a-brac to the new Revive Leeds reuse shop. There is a similar arrangement at the council’s Seacroft recycling site.
Revive Leeds is a partnership between the charities St Vincent De Paul, which works to alleviate poverty, and Slate, which supports people with learning disabilities.
The refurbishment of the site also involved creating an operational area, new offices and staff facilities above the reuse shop, landscaping and space for wheeled bin storage. Solar panels on the shop and office building have helped to cut the site’s carbon footprint.
The operations area has been separated from the public recycling section to allow site staff to change skips while the recycling site continues to be used by the public.
Lucinda Yeadon, council executive member for environment and sustainability, said: “Kirkstall Road was already Leeds’ best-used recycling site and this revamp has really raised its game by modernising the layout, making it more accessible and introducing the fantastic concept of Revive Leeds to another area of the city.
“For people in Kirkstall and the surrounding areas, it is now going to be much easier to recycle waste. They will also be able to bring pre-loved items to be sold and enjoyed by someone else, while raising funds for a local not-for-profit organisation, along with finding a great place to bag a bargain.”
Louise Megson, director of Revive Leeds, said: “We work closely with the community and really hope that we will be made welcome by the residents of West Leeds through donations, volunteering and coming to the shop to buy some quality bargains.”