Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Civic Amenity Site goes from strength to strength
Yesterday, I'd arranged for councillors to be able to have a tour of the revamped Civic Amenity (CA) site in Whessoe Road. Wades took over the management of the facility after Easter, and as I've blogged previously, they have ambitious plans to improve customer service and drive up recycling rates.
If you've not been there since, you'll notice some big changes. The staff are now focussed on helping residents dispose of their waste, and the unsightly mess next to the portakabin has been cleared away. Because the skips are emptied more frequently, they become full far less frequently, and so there's much less evidence of paper and carboard litter around.
Now Wades have planning permission to turn the vacant site next door into a multi-purpose facility which can both deal with smaller loads of commercial waste, and also compact and send on material from the side devoted to householders. This should lead to improved efficiencies, and further reduce the carbon footprint of the operation, making some long journeys to the waste transfer station in Heighington Lane redundant. Already, the amount of waste recycled at the CA site has risen to 75%.
There were lots of questions yesterday, but everyone seemed happy. Ironically, the site is closed today owing to high winds, but even this eventuality should happen far less frequently under the new management.
I hope the pictures give a true sense of the changes made since Easter.