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New waste recycling centre opens in Allington

A NEW “state of the art” recycling centre has opened in Allington.

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The waste depot is be based at 20/20 Business Estate in Laverstocke Road, Allington, which is near junction 6 of the M20 near Aylesford.

The facility will be run by Kent County Council and open to the public.

Residents are now able to book appointments to visit the site at www.kent.gov.uk/allingtonhwrc. To ensure maximum efficiency, the new HWRC has been designed to operate without interruption as it is on two levels allowing full waste containers to be removed safely while residents use the site to deposit their recyclables and waste.

The Aylesford site houses several recycling container bays and incinerators to dispose of household waste, such as plastic and paper. The hub also has environmental features, such as solar panels and rainwater harvesting.

The construction itself also minimised the impact on the environment with the aggregate used in the build being a recycled composite using plastic bags that have been thrown away.

It has also been shortlisted for a gong in the ‘best use of design and technology at a waste management facility’ category at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management.

Allington’s controversial recycling centre proposal was first approved in July 2020 during a County Hall planning committee debate.

Objections were raised by hundreds of residents and Maidstone and Weald MP Helen Grant.

Concerns were expressed about more congestion for people living near the A20 Coldharbour roundabout. Hundreds of homes are also due to be built.

However, the applicant FCC Environment (UK) Ltd, said the site would bring more jobs to the local economy and benefit the local environment.

The KCC-run centre will also contribute to the council’s ambition to meet net-zero carbon emissions across Kent by 2050.

Allington will be the county’s 19th waste site. Others include Tovil in Maidstone and Ross Way in Folkestone.

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