Plans due to be submitted for new household waste and recycling centre

Sunderland's new Household Waste Recycling Centre is set to take a significant step forward with a planning application for its new site on the Pallion Industrial Estate, due to be submitted in the next few days.

The City Council is looking to relocate its current Beach Street centre in Deptford to the former Rolls Royce site at Pallion.

The council allocated £5m for the Pallion works and a mini-recycling centre in the Coalfields area as part of the City Council's budget setting process in 2018.

Councillor Michael Mordey, Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: "The submission of the planning application is a major step forward in our plans to provide residents with a much improved Household Waste and Recycling centre.

"Residents have told us that they want to see better household waste recycling facilities. We have taken this on board with our plans for this fantastic new centre.

"Although Beach Street remains hugely popular, with more than 14,000 appointments booked since it reopened to the public last month, anyone who has used it recently will recognise that it desperately needs replacing with something that is both bigger and better than the current site.

"The investment in the new centre ties in with our ambitious City Plan which is all about Sunderland becoming a more dynamic, healthy and vibrant city by 2030. Subject to planning permission, the new site will provide for the city’s bulky waste recycling needs well into the future as the city continues to grow and will cater for any future recycling opportunities."

"With its improved facilities, including a recycle and re-use shop and better access, which for the first time will include a walk-in option, it is also part of our commitment to a clean green city. It will deal with the existing issue of queuing and congestion and be more user friendly for our residents.

"Together with the recent reduction in bulky waste collection charges to £10, it will help us to recycle and re-use more household waste. "

The current Beach Street site is open seven days a week, only closing on Christmas and New Year's Day. It has around 40,000 visits annually and collects around 17,000 tonnes of plastic, wood, rubble, garden waste, redundant electrical appliances, such as white goods or televisions although as a result of the pandemic and the need for social distancing there is a limit on the types of waste currently being accepted.

About 60 per cent of all the waste that is delivered to the Beach Street is recycled. The remainder is sent for power generation through Council’s energy from waste facility on Teesside.

Subject to planning approval being granted, work on the new site is due to start in late summer with completion due in spring 2021.

 

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