There’s still time for people to have their say on plans to redevelop Whetstone Recycling and Household Waste Site (RHWS).
The County Council proposals include giving the site a modern makeover by creating a new waste disposal area, which will include easy access skips, for the public to use.
The project also aims to improve access for vehicles to help reduce congestion and includes the building of a new waste transfer site.
People can have their say on the plans by completing an online survey at www.leics.gov.uk/wastesite_whetstone or by visiting a roadshow at Blaby Farmers’ Market (Blaby Social Centre car park, Leicester Road) between 9am and 1pm on Saturday (May 26).
Comments can also be made at information stands at Blaby District Council’s offices and the Blaby District Council Shared Services Shop at Forge Corner, Blaby, until Sunday June 17.
People who do not have access to the internet, or who are not able to attend the roadshow, can call 0116 3058389 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the proposals.
Bakers Waste, the waste management company with premises in Granite Close, Enderby, has created 12 jobs after opening a new recycling plant.
The company reportedly spent £250,000 setting up the ‘picking line’ at its Enderby site.
The plant segregates building materials to be re-used by the construction industry and will be able to handle up to 50,000 tonnes of waste a year, with 65 per cent recycled.
Business development manager Judith Hollingworth told the Leicester Mercury newspaper that the firm hoped to take on another 18 staff at the site during the next twelve months, adding that the company was seeing “high demand”.
Bakers Waste was founded in 2000 by Paul Baker and had a turnover of about £6.5 million in the year to September 30. The company, which employs about 80 people, acquired the Enderby site after taking over Glenfield Waste in 2009.
It lists among its clients Aggregate Industries, of Bardon, Leicester City FC and Leicester Tigers.
Mr Baker was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2010 Leicestershire Business Awards, in association with the Leicester Mercury. The company also operates plants in Nottingham, Derby an Coventry.
Irons, kettles and toasters are just some of the items people in Enderby and elsewhere in Blaby district will be able to recycle on their doorstep through the Council’s new electrical waste collection starting in January.
The service – being launched in partnership with mental health charity Mind – will allow households to recycle a wide range of electrical appliances with their fortnightly recycling collections.
Vacuum cleaners, laptops, printers, radios and lots more can be put in the Mind textile collection bags which will be picked up every two weeks from January. The items will be taken and tested and any that work will be sold through Mind’s shops raising vital funds for the charity. Any waste goods will be broken down and recycled.
Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for regulatory and neighbourhood services said:
“People in Blaby are already fantastic at recycling and we want to make it as easy as possible for them by continuing to expand the range of items they can recycle on their doorstep.”
Residents are asked not to put any electrical goods in their recycling boxes. Any larger items or appliances that might damage textiles can be left out to be collected with the Mind bag tied around them.
Large household appliances such as washing machines, cookers and fridges cannot be recycled through the scheme.
In April 2011 the Council expanded its plastic and can recycling scheme introducing a wide range of new items that could be recycled and more than 2,500 households ordered extra bins as a result.
Last year 47 tonnes of textiles were collected in partnership with Mind and increased demand has meant the Council is now able to offer a fortnightly service.
Ruth Boullin, regional manager for Mind in the East Midlands said:
“We have a successful history of working with the Council to offer services people value and need and that also benefit the environment and we want to continue that by developing new schemes like this.”
Electrical Items that can be collected through the new scheme: