Work starts on new recycling building

Leo Group - property manager Brian Maguire preparing site for construction work - jan 2012
Leo Group - property manager Brian Maguire preparing site for construction work - jan 2012
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Work has started on a new £2 million state-of-the-art waste transfer station in Calderdale.

Envirowaste, part of The Leo Group, is replacing a similar structure destroyed in a blaze last year.

The building at Swalesmoor, Halifax, will cover 40,000 sq ft and handle more than 75,000 tonnes of waste annually.

It should be completed by the summer and offer more capacity than the previous building.

But, it is not intended to be used for the company’s animal by-product business which has caused alarm among residents concerned over spillages on neighbouring roads.

Instead, it will handle skips of waste from local authorities containing loads such as timber for recycling.

Envirowaste is investing more than £5 million at Swalesmoor which is expected to lead to more jobs.

The the company has grown to be a leading UK environmental and renewable energy company and employs more than 400 people across 10 UK sites with many based at Swalesmoor.

Leo Group Managing Director Danny Sawrij said: “Envirowaste is a core part of the Leo Group of companies.

“Each year, we are able to recycle 80 per cent of the waste that comes to us. The new waste transfer station will allow us to not only handle more waste, but recycle even more, thus reducing the burden on landfill sites.

“Envirowaste is committed to recycling and creating a reusable product from the waste we receive.

“Each year we produced in excess of 20,000 tonnes of woodchip and sawdust, which is further used in panel boarding, fuel for power generation and also animal bedding.”