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Official Breaking Ground Ceremony Takes Place At New Northern Civic Amenity Site 15 July 2011

Graham Cregeen MHK, Member for the Operations Division of the Department of Infrastructure carried out the official breaking ground ceremony at the new Northern Civic Amenity Site at Balladoole Farm on Friday 8th July.

The new site will provide residents of the North with an excellent facility that will allow them to reuse, recycle or dispose of household waste. The site will be located closer to the main population of the North and the improved design of the site and traffic management will also ensure that those residents using the facility will do so in a more convenient and safe environment.

The proposed 4000m2site will have a concrete hard standing comprising of two levels, the upper level will be exclusively for public use to deposit, recycle and reuse waste whilst the lower level will be for operations associated with the movement of bulk skips.

The Balladoole Farm site was selected for the new development as a dual site for the new Northern Sewage Treatment Works and the Civic Amenity Site. The land is strategically located with benefits to both projects through shared access and site development. The new site will deal with the recycling of paper, card, glass, metals, plastic bottles, clothing, waste oils, aggregates (stone, bricks etc), fluorescent tubes, car batteries, household batteries, electrical items such as TVs, fridge freezers, PC monitors, the collection of green waste for composting and the disposal of bulky residual household waste for treatment via the Energy from Waste facility.

Mr Cregeen said:

‘This development has been designed to accord with best practice and brings the site in line with the standards experienced by residents in the West, East and South of the Island. It will ensure the reuse and recycling culture is enhanced primarily through the expansion of the site and a reuse building where a wider selection of materials can now be stored for members of the public to put to good use.
‘The joint planning of the site with the new Northern Sewage Treatment Works shows how joined up Government thinking can benefit the public in terms of construction time and disruption and the associated costs. This new site supports our waste policy and strategy by encouraging the public to reuse and recycle their waste where possible. Work will now commence and it is hoped it will be fully operational by April 2012.’

You can give your views on waste strategy by taking part in the Department’s all-Island waste consultation. Visit www.waste.gov.im to fill in our online questionnaire.

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