THE new Northern Civic Amenity Site at Balladoole on the outskirts of Ramsey will be officially opened on Friday morning and ready for business for the first time the same afternoon.
Completed within budget and ahead of schedule, the site will be officially opened by Graham Cregeen MHK, Member for the Department’s Operations Division.
The new site provides residents of the north with a facility that will allow them to re-use, recycle or dispose of household waste. Located less than a mile from Ramsey, the site replaces the recycling centre at Bride near the Point of Ayre.
The site and traffic management has been designed to ensure that residents using the facility will do so in a more convenient and safe environment.
The site has 4,000 square metres of concrete hard-standing comprising of two levels; the upper level is exclusively for public use to recycle and re-use waste whilst the lower level is for operations associated with the movement of bulk skips.
The Balladoole Farm site was selected for the new development as a dual site for the new Northern Sewage Treatment Works and the Civic Amenity Site. The land is located with benefits to both projects through shared access and site development.
The new site will deal with the recycling of paper, card, glass, metals, plastic bottles, clothing, waste oils, aggregates (stone, bricks etc), fluorescent tubes, car batteries, household batteries, electrical items such as TVs, fridge freezers, PC monitors, the collection of green waste for composting and the disposal of bulky residual household waste for treatment via the Energy from Waste facility.
The new facility also has a modern reuse building and the Department is encouraging all users of the site not to dispose of items that are still working but to place them in the reuse centre for other residents to take.
Graham Cregeen MHK, said, “I am delighted that the new Northern Civic Amenity Site has been completed well ahead of schedule and within budget.
“This development forms an integral part of our waste strategy and has been designed in line with best practice and provides a site up to the same standards experienced by residents in the West, East and South of the Island.
“It will ensure the reuse and recycling culture is enhanced primarily through the expansion of the site and a reuse building where a wider selection of materials can now be stored for members of the public to put to good use.”