New recycling centre signals a greener, cleaner Welwyn Garden City

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) and Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) have been granted planning approval to redevelop the existing streetscene depot and co-locate a new Recycling Centre in Welwyn Garden City.

New Recycling Centre

The multi-million pound investment is of strategic importance to the continued improvement of recycling provision in Hertfordshire and will benefit both councils.

The 1.6 hectare site will be split into two areas. One area will be retained as the streetscene contractors' depot with a major upgrade and modernisation of facilities including a vehicle wash, workshop, material bays, fuel station and a two-storey carpark and storage areas. The other part of the site will be redeveloped as a Recycling Centre, replacing the existing local site at Cole Green on the A414.

The new Recycling Centre will feature:

  • a split level design so the majority of waste containers can be accessed without the need to use steps
  • a new 'Re-Use Centre' to encourage re-use of items in the borough where residents will be able to donate unwanted items well as an opportunity to purchase good quality items
  • a weighbridge to allow small and medium sized businesses to dispose of small amounts of commercial material

It has been designed with easy access in mind for residents to use the Recycling Centre. The internal layout will accommodate the separate movement of both public and operational traffic. To prevent queuing on the highway, a long entrance road has been designed with over 30 parking bays in the centre including separate parking for the Re-Use Centre and access to the site for those using public transport, walking or cycling.

Welwyn Hatfield Council Executive Member, Environment and Planning, Councillor Stephen Boulton, said:

This is great news for the borough. Our residents and local businesses are really keen recyclers and want to do all they can to help the environment. This new site will deliver on that, providing better facilities and better access, making recycling more convenient and easy for residents as well as enabling us to operate our services more efficiently.

Terry Hone, Cabinet Member for Waste Management, said:

We're pleased to be working with WHBC to provide a new, modern, state of the art, recycling centre for the borough. We're investing in improving our recycling centres across the county and we've been looking for an alternative to the current Cole Green site for a while, so it's great news that the Tewin Road site has got the go ahead. This is an important investment in Hertfordshire's infrastructure, which will help make the county more environmentally sustainable and ready for the future.

With 100,000 new homes due to be built in Hertfordshire in the next 15 years it's vital that we upgrade our facilities so that we can cope with the expected growth. This new site will be larger, easier to use and less prone to traffic problems and closures, all of which will make recycling quicker and easier for residents.

Following the approval of the planning application, WHBC Cabinet in December will be making a decision to appoint the contractor to redevelop the depot.  Work is due to start by spring 2021 and the Recycling Centre is expected to open in Summer 2022.

The streetscene depot will remain operational for Urbaser and Continental Landscapes, the borough's streetscene contractors, throughout the construction phase.