New waste recycling centre opens after refurbishments

All change: the team at the tip and, right, waste disposal officer Bob Wilkinson tries out the new skips
All change: the team at the tip and, right, waste disposal officer Bob Wilkinson tries out the new skips

Halifax Household Waste Recycling site has finally re-opened after extensive refurbishments.

The site at Lee Bank, Ovenden Road, closed in January with residents having to travel to other sites in Calderdale during the closure.

The council is confident that the improvements to the site will make up for any inconvenience during that time.

Calderdale Council Cabinet member, Coun Barry Collins, said: “Closing the site may have been inconvenient, but I think the results are well worth it.

“People will be able to recycle more material on site. It will be safer and more convenient.

“Before we started this work, we listened to people about what they thought of our recycling sites.

“They told us that they would like us to make them easier to use and that’s just what we’re trying to do.”

The layout of the tip has been changed with drivers using a new dedicated lane to access the site

The lane leads to new sunken skips which means there is no need to for climbing up steps to dump waste, which will make it easier to unload vehicles.

Elsewhere private vehicles will be kept separate to larger waste disposal and commercial vehicles.

The council say this will make the site safer and more efficient.

Users will now be able to recycle a greater and more varied amount of rubbish at the Lee Mount site.

Refurbishments at the Brighouse and Elland sites last year have increased recycling by five per cent and a similar increase is predicted at the Halifax centre.