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Herts County Council reveals plans for new waste and recycling transfer station to store rubbish from Stortford




Hertfordshire County Council is unveiling plans for a new waste and recycling transfer station near Ware which would mean rubbish from Bishop's Stortford would no longer have to be driven to Watford.

The proposed facility – behind the Ware Recycling Centre and next to the old Westmill landfill site, just off the A10 and A602 – would reduce lorry miles and meet the urgent need to manage waste collected from households and businesses in the east of the shire.

The plan is for an enclosed facility with sound and odour controls, where collection vehicles can take kerbside waste to be stored before being sent on to recovery and disposal facilities. Proposals will be on show to the public at a consultation event on Monday and Tuesday (August 9-10).

Westmill waste and recycling transfer station plans (49668611)
Westmill waste and recycling transfer station plans (49668611)

It would receive household and business waste collected by East Herts, Broxbourne and Welwyn Hatfield district and borough councils, which currently has to be taken to a facility north of Watford before being transported in bulk to recovery and disposal facilities. It would also be able to accept recyclable materials.

Sawbridgeworth's Cllr Eric Buckmaster, the county council's cabinet member for the environment, said: "As part of our commitment to a cleaner, greener and healthier Hertfordshire, we want to reduce unnecessary journeys on our roads and minimise the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

"By building a new transfer station at Westmill we can manage waste and recycling more effectively, reduce carbon emissions, reduce congestion and provide a more efficient service to residents.

Cllr Eric Buckmaster is Herts County Council's cabinet member for the environment
Cllr Eric Buckmaster is Herts County Council's cabinet member for the environment

"I'd encourage local residents, and anyone with an interest in how the waste we all create is managed, to either come to the exhibition or take part in the consultation online so we can make sure we take everyone's views on board as we develop our plans for this important facility."

The exhibition of the proposals on August 9 and 10, from 1pm to 8.30pm, will be at The Arched Barn, Three Lakes, Westmill Farm, Ware, Herts SG12 0ES. There is a booking system to manage visitor numbers – email lizzie.forbes@balfourbeatty.com.

For anyone unable to attend or who would prefer to view the plans online, the exhibition materials and feedback form will be available online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/consultations between August 9 and 23.



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