See how Chelmsford waste is recycled

August 2, 2012 10:14 AM

Chelmsford City Council's Recycling and Waste Depot is holding an Open Day event on Saturday 8 September - providing a rare opportunity for residents to see how the recycling process works and learn more about waste collection services.

There will be tours of the depot taking place and a chance to look around the collection vehicles. The Material Sorting Facility will be in full working action, which uses state-of-the-art technology to sort the recycling after it has been collected from Chelmsford homes.

In the last three months the staff at Freighter House, the City Council's waste and recycling depot, have processed a staggering 416 tonnes per month of recycled paper, 189 tonnes of green glass, and 80.6 tonnes of plastic bottles. All of this is collected by around 26 recycling vehicles tipping up to 40 loads per day!

Chelmsford City Council's Cabinet Member for Waste Management and Recycling, Councillor Janette Potter, said: "The recycling journey is only just beginning when residents place their recycling out for collection, and this is an opportunity to see what happens after it's collected from your doorstep.

"We successfully recycle many different materials in Chelmsford to reduce the levels of waste sent to landfill, and we hope residents will be keen to find out more about the processes involved. There will be experienced members of staff available to answer any questions you may have and there will be a competition to win a compost bin as part of the event."

Freighter House will be open between 12pm and 5pm and is located at Drovers Way, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 5PH

Free visitor parking is available on site. If you require further information please visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/recycling, email recycling@chelmsford.gov.uk or call 01245 615800.