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Recycling facility approved in Coventry

Words: Laura Edgar
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Coventry City Council’s planning committee has backed plans for a regional materials recycling facility on former allotments in the city.

It will be located on land next to 259 London Road.

A planning officer’s report recommended that the committee should approve plans for the facility. The 4.4-acre site is allocated for a waste facility in the current development plan after being removed from the green belt.

The city council outsources its recycling services to several private operating facilities across the country. The administration and seven (see box)

The eight councils joining forces to establishing Sherbourne Recycling Limited:

  • Coventry City Council
  • North Warwickshire Borough Council
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
  • Rugby Borough Council
  • Stratford District Council
  • Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Walsall Council
  • Warwick District Council

neighbouring authorities want to build a materials recycling facility to process recyclable materials from across the region.

Patricia Hetherton, cabinet member for city services, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Coventry and the development of this facility is great news for all those involved in the project. The benefits of it include job creation, improvements to the local environment and of course we hope this new facility will allow each partner involved in the project to improve their recycling performance.”

At the facility materials would be separated into their individual sections for onward sale. The system, designed by Machinex, would use 14 sorting robots and 14 optical sorters to process 47.5 tonnes an hour of mixed dry recyclables.

The facility will be operated by Sherborne Recycling Limited, the local authority-owned company being established to manage the facility.

Hetherton added: “This facility looks set to be really impressive – a real leader in the UK and in the short term it’s going to help us make sure our waste and recycling service is as efficient as it can be. In the long term, it’s going to enable us to raise our recycling rates. This isn’t just a short-term investment, it’s a long-term investment to ensure a greener future for our city.”

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