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Major projects and improvements

The Greater Norwich area is to benefit from two brand new recycling centres set to open in 2021.

The new £2.75m Norwich North recycling centre will replace the current Mile Cross recycling centre in September 2021. The new Norwich North recycling centre will complement the £1.9m Norwich South site, being built on an underused part of the Harford park and ride site, which is scheduled to replace the smaller Ketteringham site in late 2021.

Both the Norwich North and Norwich South sites are at locations with good transport links to make them accessible to as many people as possible in the growing Norwich area.

The new Norwich North recycling centre

The new Norwich North recycling centre is now open to the public. Some work is still in progress on parts of the site. Therefore please take care at the recycling centre and follow the safety advice given by staff and on signs. 

The opening hours will be:

 9am – 5pm (April to September)

 9am – 4pm (October to March).

The recycling centre, which is near to Norwich airport, is located off the roundabout on the A140 Cromer Road / A1270 Broadland Northway (NDR) junction. The address is Morse Road, Horsham St Faith, Norwich NR10 3JX.

Find the location on google maps

Key features planned for your new site

  • The county’s largest reuse shop (opening winter 2021)
  • One-way system for smooth traffic flow and reduced queues
  • Plenty of parking for cars and bikes
  • No steps on site as the bins will be at a lower level
  • Pay As You Throw service for disposal of DIY waste
  • Trade waste service for small businesses
  • The site will not close for essential waste collection and servicing operations

Why we're moving

We’re investing £2.75m in a bigger recycling centre to help us reuse and recycle more.

The contract for the Mile Cross site at Swanton Road in Norwich ends in 2021. The Mile Cross recycling centre is the busiest site and with new housing expected around Norwich we’re growing out of it.

Timetable for the development of the new site

  • Initial consultation ran in June and July 2018 – views were then used to help shape initial design
  • Consultation on the initial design ran 4 November to 2 December 2019 – feedback shaped final design submitted in planning application
  • Planning application was submitted in spring 2020
  • Planning permission granted in June 2020
  • Construction started autumn 2020
  • Recycling centre opening September 2021 (tbc)

The new Norwich South recycling centre

The new £1.9m Norwich South recycling centre, is scheduled to replace the smaller Ketteringham recycling centre in late 2021.

The new Norwich South recycling centre, which will complement the new Norwich North site, is being built using available spare space on an underused part of the Harford park and ride site. It is located at the junction of the A47/A140.

The design of the new site has been shaped by feedback from the consultation that ran from 17 February to 30 March 2020. Some of the key things you told us were you liked the good vehicle flow into the site and avoiding steps with low level bins to help you get rid of your waste easily. Other feedback led to adjustments to the initial design of the recycling centre layout; the internal road was widened to two lanes, another disabled parking bay was added near the main waste containers and changes were made to ensure pedestrians would not need to cross any roadways on site to access bins and containers.

See the location on Google maps.

Key features planned for your new site

  • A new reuse shop 8 times the size of the current shop at Ketteringham 
  • One-way system smooth traffic flow and reduce queues
  • Plenty of parking for cars and bikes 
  • No steps on site as the bins will be at a lower level
  • Pay as You Throw service for disposal of construction and demolition waste 
  • Trade service for small businesses
  • The site will not need to close for bins to be emptied (unlike at Ketteringham)

Why we're moving

A new improved recycling centre will replace Ketteringham Recycling Centre and provide a larger, modern site with easy access for residents living in and near the south of Norwich. The site is on part of the current Harford Park and Ride site, using available spare space with an allowance for daily peak usage. The park and ride site will be unaffected by the recycling centre plans.

Timetable for the development of the new site

  • Consultation on the initial design was open 17 February to 30 March 2020 – feedback shaped the final design submitted in planning application
  • Planning application submitted in June 2020
  • Planning permission granted October 2020
  • Recycling centre construction started 22 March 2021
  • Recycling centre opens late 2021 (tbc)

Other improvement works

We're proposing improvements to the sites at Sheringham and Morningthorpe by 2022.

We'd like to increase the size of these sites, or relocate them, to improve recycling and access to these popular recycling centres.

We propose to relocate Ketteringham Recycling Centre to a new site at Harford Bridge in 2021.

This new, bigger site will be on part of the Harford Park and Ride, which will provide easy access for residents in South Norwich to a new facility.

We're proposing a new recycling centre for Wymondham by 2022.

The current Wymondham Recycling Centre is very small with a single-track access road. Due to proposed housing growth around Wymondham and Attleborough, we’re proposing to build a bigger site that is more accessible.

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