A new “transfer station” is set to change how rubbish, green waste and recycling is moved across Doncaster.
Doncaster Council is proposing a new site in Kirk Sandall where waste will be dropped off for a short time before being moved off to another location for processing.
Recyclable material will also be stored temporarily there before going to its end destination for processing.
The aim for the local authority is to improve the efficiency of waste collection and transportation – potentially saving thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money.
Councillor Christine Mills, Doncaster Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said this is an important step in the Council’s bid to send less waste to landfill.
She said: “Currently waste is collected in refuse vehicles from people’s homes and taken away to landfill for disposal.
“However, from 2015 most of Doncaster’s non-recyclable waste will go to a new site in Rotherham where it will be processed into fuel. It would be very inefficient and costly for refuse vehicles to keep making journeys to and from Rotherham. So the proposal is for the waste to be taken to a new site on Sandall Stones Road in Kirk Sandall where it will be dropped off temporarily in a purpose built industrial building before being loaded into articulated lorries and taken to Rotherham. Recyclable and green waste will also go to the transfer station before being moved on to other places for processing.
“We want the borough’s waste treatment and disposal system to be efficient and effective and the new Waste Transfer Station is a huge step in the right direction.”
She added: “We have initial plans for the proposed Waste Transfer Station but we do want to give people in Kirk Sandall, Edenthorpe, and the surrounding areas a chance to have their say as part of a consultation we have just launched.”
The new Waste Transfer Station will aid the new ‘BDR waste partnership’ project between Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Councils to change the way waste is disposed of. The new site in Rotherham will be a ‘one stop shop’ for waste from the three councils. In Rotherham it will be processed into fuel. It has wide reaching benefits, including less waste going to landfill – and the potential to save millions of pounds.
Doncaster Council is inviting people to have a say on the new proposals and is holding two drop in events:
Kirk Sandall Youth Centre, Dentons Green Lane, from 1pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday, December 4.
Another drop in event will be held on Thursday, December 5 at The Church Balk Centre, Marian Road, Edenthorpe DN3 2PT, between 2pm and 6pm.
There are also some Frequently Asked Questions for people to look at on www.doncaster.gov.uk/wts