Construction has begun on a new facility to house bin lorries and street sweepers.
The new building, to be built opposite the Materials Recycling Facility at Old Wolverton, will save on fuel costs as all refuse collection vehicles currently visit the recycling centre, adding little to the amount of traffic to the area.
Once the Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park becomes operational (subject to planning permission being granted), expected to be mid-2016, all refuse vehicles will end their journey in Old Wolverton, depositing both black sacks and recycling in the same area, avoiding the need to cross Milton Keynes and deliver black sack waste to the landfill site in Bletchley.
Councillor David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Waste and Environment, said: “The continued growth of Milton Keynes has meant we require a larger site to house our waste management fleet. The new depot will not only save on costs, but will also lower our carbon footprint, dramatically reducing vehicle mileage which is a positive environmental step.”
Peter Whitmore, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction Northern Home Counties and East, commented: “This project is key to supporting Milton Keynes Council‘s drive to enhance the efficiency of its waste management service and our site team has and will continue to work in close partnership with the authority to ensure its estate provides the best possible service for local people.”