A new Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) with a re-use shop has been given the greenlight from KCC’s planning committee.
On Wednesday (July 15) members of the committee unanimously approved the proposal by FCC Environment (UK) Ltd’s for the site on Laverstoke Road in Allington.
The proposed HWRC would be a split-level facility with 22 recycling container bays with 25 car spaces, including one accessibility space.
The lower level would include a two-storey office and shop with 33 parking spaces for members of staff and visitors to the re-use shop – a place where residents can deposit items of waste that may be suitable for re-use. There will also be an unloading area and a range of containers for the collection of specific items of waste.
A new access junction would be constructed off Laverstoke Road to the north of the existing priority junction for the Allington waste incinerator.
KCC Cabinet Member for Environment Susan Carey said: “We’ve long wanted to provide an extra Household Waste Recycling Centre to serve the Maidstone and Tonbridge and Malling areas so I’m delighted we can now go ahead with this site.
“This will relieve pressure on the busy Tovil site and will bring our total number of sites to 19.
KCC currently has 18 HWRCs, providing facilities for the recycling and disposal of more than 30 different types of waste.
Each year Kent’s household waste sites receive approximately 185,000 tonnes of waste and 3.5 million visits, at a cost of approximately £10 million to the taxpayer.
Since re-opening on 15 May Kent’s HWRCs have been operating with a booking system to ensure social distancing can be maintained. All sites are now open 7 days a week. Bookings can be made up to a month in advance.
For more information, visit www.kent.gov.uk/waste