Everything from batteries to tyres and books to timber and even oil can be recycled at the new reuse centre in St Clement’s Way, West Thurrock.
Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Maureen Pearce officially opened the brand new facility on Thursday (22 October) at the junction of St Clement’s Way and Oliver Road.
She cut a ribbon made up of bags, bottles and cans ― which were later recycled at the site.
The centre ― funded by £990,000 from the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation ― had been open for a few days, giving people living in the west of the borough an alternative to the site at Linford.
Representatives from the development corporation, design engineers White Young Green, builders May Gurney and operators Veolia Environmental Services joined other dignitaries at Thursday’s launch.
The site has a permitted annual capacity of 25,000 tonnes of waste (as defined by an Environmental Permit), however the expected annual amount is in the region of 4,000 tonnes.
Open every day between 8am and 5pm until the end of the month and 8am to 4pm from 1 November until 31 January, the site will also be available until 8pm on Tuesday evenings between May and August. It will only close on Christmas Day, Boxing day and New year’s Day.
It is available for borough residents to dispose of bulky household recyclables and garden waste. No unsorted, non-recyclable or commercial waste is accepted.
Among the waste which can be recycled at St Clement’s Way are:
Batteries (household and vehicle), books, cardboard, electrical appliances (all); engine oil, fluorescent tubes, furniture (wooden or metal only), glass bottles and jars; green waste, mixed cans and tins, paper (newspapers, magazines, junk mail, envelopes, phone directories and catalogues), plastic bottles, printer cartridges, shoes, soil and hardcore, textiles, timber/wood, and tyres (maximum of four).
The site does not accept mattresses, three-piece suites, carpets or any other types of non-recyclable waste.