A NEW waste transfer station is being built in Ince as part of the council’s bid to make Wigan as green as possible.
The new centre will be built on Makerfield Way, adjacent to the existing Kirkless Tip site.
The council has already saved £2m and is tasked with saving a further £14m by significantly reducing the amount of waste they send to landfill sites.
The council managed to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill in the last year from 51 per cent to 17 per cent and there was a seven per cent waste per person reduction across the whole borough. Last year the council introduced new bins aimed at increasing recycling rates, which environmental bosses are hailing as a success.
Steve Cassie, assistant director for trading at Wigan Council, said: “In the last two years we have seen a significant increase in recycling rates, from 36.1 per cent in 2011/12 to 48.5 per cent in 2012/13.
“A big part of this is down to the introduction of food waste collections last September, which is helping us to exceed our 2015 target of 45 per cent. This is great news and it’s important that we maintain momentum to meet the next government set goal of 50 per cent by 2020. To do this however, we need to make changes to our infrastructure.
“Wigan Council is therefore looking to build a new waste transfer station to meet the needs of the future. A site on Makerfield Way, adjacent to the existing Kirkless Household Waste Recycling Centre and transfer station is currently being considered. That does not mean to say however, that more waste will be taken to the Kirkless site.
“In light of the increase in green bin waste, the new, ‘organics transfer station’ will be used to house food and garden waste before it is moved for composting. Residents might not realise it but, black bin waste is actually more costly to dispose of than green bin waste – this move will therefore contribute towards our overall savings goal of £14m. In the last year we’ve already made £2m savings in disposal costs as a result of the changes that have been introduced so far.
“Once the potential site has been considered in more detail, a planning application will need to be submitted and residents will be consulted before any decisions are made.”
Work on the new waste transfer station is expected to begin in March next year after the relevant planning applications have been processed.