Recycling site in £3m boost

Investment: Farington Recycling Centre is one of the busiest in Lancashire
Investment: Farington Recycling Centre is one of the busiest in Lancashire
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One of the county’s busiest recycling centres will reopen after a £3m revamp.

Farington Recycling Centre, on Flensburg Way, Leyland has been closed since June while improvements have been carried out.

It is now set to reopen on January 4, with a new layout and a new system for emptying skips, which means the site will not have to close as containers are emptied.

There will also be new facilities to recycle glass, cardboard, wood, and garden waste.

Web cameras have been installed at the busy centre in the past so people could monitor queues over the internet at home before setting off.

County Coun Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “The new recycling centre will be a much-improved facility which will make it quicker and easier for people in South Ribble and the surrounding area to recycle their waste.

“Because the recycling centre layout has been changed, there will be no need to close the gates while wagons are emptying or replacing the containers.

“This will cut down on queuing traffic on Flensburg Way.”

A temporary recycling centre which has been operating from Lancashire Business Park will close at 5pm on December 31.

There will then be a gap until Farington Recycling Centre reopens, when people are being asked to use other centres such as those on Tom Benson Way, Preston, and Coppull Road, Chorley.

The centre will be able to recycle most types of household rubbish when it re-opens. However, it will not be fully operational until late January.

The partially re-opened site will be unable to accept asbestos, rubble and hardcore, as well as plaster and plasterboard.

This type of waste can still be taken to the recycling centres at Chorley and Preston.

All recycling centres will be closed on New Year’s Day.

County Coun Michael Green, who represents Leyland South West, said: “This will provide a much improved facility for the local community and beyond.”