Work begins on new Haverhill Recycling Centre

A new £2 million waste recycling centre is now being built in Haverhill.
Published: 24 May 2023

Construction of a new £2 million recycling centre for Haverhill has begun.

DXI Regeneration LTD has been awarded the construction contract to build the new site on behalf of Suffolk County Council and working in partnership with FCC Environment after landowner negotiations were successfully concluded.

The new centre, which should be completed in early 2024, will be built within the current Waste Transfer Station in Homefield Road and will replace the current facility in Chalkstone Way.

The Waste Transfer Station is operated by FCC Environment, the council’s partner which manages all of Suffolk’s 11 recycling centres.

The new centre will feature:

  • A raised platform giving visitors an elevated position from which to safely dispose of waste - removing the need for steps
  • An easy-to-use layout allowing customers to access clearly marked recycling bays
  • No need to close the facility to replace full containers
  • Improved accessibility and increased capacity
  • Greater separation between public vehicles and larger vehicles
  • Queuing capacity within the site and better access from the public highway compared to the Chalkstone Way site.

The replacement recycling centre will meet the needs created by forecasted housing growth in the area and address growing demand at Chalkstone Way

The waste transfer station – which takes waste collected locally and bulks it for onward reprocessing – will continue to operate at Homefield Road alongside the new recycling centre.

Councillor Richard Smith, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Transport Strategy and Waste, said:

“This is excellent news and I am very happy that work can now begin on this much-needed new recycling centre for Haverhill and the surrounding area.

“Giving people the right facilities to help them dispose of waste properly and to recycle has never been more important and this facility will be key in helping them do that.

“Haverhill residents can now look forward to having a new site with much better facilities and access and which will serve their needs for many years to come.”

Steve Longdon, FCC Environment Director, said:

“We are pleased to see the redevelopment of this facility moving along.

“We know only too well how much residents value their local recycling centres so it’s great to be able to work in partnership to design and build a facility that has been well considered throughout the whole process to meet the needs of a growing community.

“We are now looking forward to getting on with building it.”

The project sees FCC Environment and Suffolk County Council working as part of the Suffolk Waste Partnership with West Suffolk Council.