Brand new £1.9m Norwich South recycling centre opens today

01 December 2021

Norfolk’s newest recycling centre opens to the public today, Wednesday 1 December.

The £1.9m recycling centre is the sister site to the new Norwich North recycling centre that opened on 22 September. Together the two sites will provide improved recycling facilities for the growing greater Norwich area.

As the new Norwich South recycling centre opens at Harford, just off the A47/A140 junction, staff bid farewell to the old site at Ketteringham that closed yesterday.

The move to a larger site allows room for a one-way traffic system to smooth traffic flow and reduce queues, low-level bins meaning people will not have to climb steps to recycle their waste, and there is plenty of parking for cars, bicycles and vehicles with trailers.

Cllr Andy Grant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “This £4.65m investment gives the growing Norwich area two large modern recycling centres that are spacious and have accessible bins with no steps. Our plans have been shaped by feedback from consultations, and I’m proud that the big new reuse shops that are opening early next year will help further boost reuse by stopping good quality used items from being thrown away.

“I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard on the successful planning and construction of the two sites, and overcome the extra pressures brought by the pandemic. This is a great achievement and a key part of our ongoing recycling centre improvement plan, with the team now setting their sights on better recycling facilities for Wymondham, Sheringham and the Long Stratton area.”

In early 2022 bargain hunters at Norwich South recycling centre will benefit from a new large reuse shop, which will be 8 times the size of the current one at Ketteringham. Until that opens, the current reuse shop that’s been moved from Ketteringham, will be available for use. The reuse shop at Norwich North, which will be the largest in the county, is also set to open in early 2022.

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Further information

Norse Environmental Waste Services (NEWS) will manage both new facilities on behalf of Norfolk County Council.

NEWS now operates 20 recycling centres for Norfolk County Council, spread right across the county; from King’s Lynn to Thetford and Norwich, with a total of around 60,000 tonnes of material passing through our recycling sites each year.

The Norwich South recycling centre has been built on an underused part of the Harford park and ride site using available spare space.

The recycling centre project has been managed by Norfolk County Council and built by Pentaco Construction Ltd who were appointed to lead the construction following a competitive contract award process.

The car boot sales that had previously been held regularly at Harford park and ride are now running at Sprowston park and ride.

Other recycling centre improvements

  • Norfolk has been expanding its network of reuse shops with 14 now at recycling centres across the county. The reuse shop at the new Norwich North recycling centre will be the largest in the county
  • A new recycling centre for Wymondham as the current Wymondham Recycling Centre is very small with a single-track access road, and due to proposed housing growth around Wymondham and Attleborough we’re proposing to build a bigger site that is more accessible
  • Improvements to the sites at Sheringham and Morningthorpe (near Long Stratton) to increase the size of these sites, or relocate them, to improve recycling and access onto these popular recycling centres

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