‘Milton Keynes will be envied by the rest of the country’

Councillor Victoria Hopkins at the Waste Recovery Park
Councillor Victoria Hopkins at the Waste Recovery Park

Milton Keynes’ future Waste Recovery Park will be the “envy of council’s across the UK”, it has been claimed.

Councillor Victoria Hopkins believes the facility, due to open in September next year, will put MK at the forefront of delivering a waste management solution.

During a visit to the site last week, the Conservative for Danesborough and Walton said she was impressed by the progress being made on the project.

She said: “The project is a testament to the cross party support for this and other waste management and recycling initiatives in Milton Keynes which, through sensible consensus rather than political bickering, has meant that MK is at the forefront of delivering a waste management solution that, when it opens next year, will be the envy of other councils across the UK.”

A 55 metre high steel stack, the talent section of the Old Wolverton-based facility, has just been installed.

Taking just seven days, the stack was built in three parts, with the sections weighing 14 tonnes, 16.5 tonnes and 17 tonnes each and with a diameter of 2.3 metres.

The sections were constructed by a specialist manufacturer in Denmark prior to being transported to Milton Keynes and craned into place.

Following construction completion in January 2016, the facility will go through commissioning and rigorous testing periods before it is fully operational in September 2016.

Over the next few months the council will continue to install technical equipment, with one of the key stages being the installation of the mechanical treatment technology, which will help the Borough ensure it pulls out as many recyclable items from black sack waste as possible.