A topping out ceremony has marked a major milestone in the construction of a new state-of-the-art materials recycling facility at AmeyCespa’s Waterbeach site.
The facility, on the Waterbeach Waste Management Park, will contain state-of-the-art sorting equipment to separate mixed materials so they are ready for recycling. It is being built by VINCI Construction UK Ltd, with the mechanical sorting equipment being supplied by Masias Recycling SL.
Work began on the new facility in February and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. With the outer shell of the building now in place work will now focus on installing the innovative sorting equipment and machinery.
The new facility will initially have the capacity to process approximately 60,000 tonnes of recycling material each year, accommodating recycling from both households in South Cambridgeshire and local businesses.
The plant could process up to 100,000 tonnes each year if needed– including recycling from neighbouring councils, providing a local facility for the region.
The event, held on Friday 7 September, was attended by representatives from VINCI Construction UK, AmeyCespa and South Cambridgeshire District Council.
Following a short presentation, guests were taken for a ride in a scissor lift, with Councillor Sue Ellington, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services SCDC being given the honour of securing the final piece of cladding to the building.
Sarah Clover, Account Director for AmeyCespa East, commented; “It is great to see the new building completed and the works progressing so well. Our new MRF will allow us to sort and process a wide range of materials from a larger network of homes and businesses, providing a local recycling solution for the county. It will complement our existing Mechanical Biological Treatment plant and In-vessel Composting facility, which treat all of Cambridgeshire’s kerbside collected residual, kitchen and garden waste.”
Cllr Sue Ellington, cabinet member for environmental services for South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “We’re really looking forward to this new centre being ready for our residents’ recycling, and the topping out ceremony is a major step toward the plant being completed. We’re proud to have some of the most dedicated recyclers in South Cambridgeshire but we are always aiming to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.”
Grahame Shirreffs, Senior Contracts Manager from VINCI Construction UK also commented on the project; “It has been great working on the Waterbeach Waste Management Park and to improve the recycling facilities for the Cambridge area. With such a modern facility, we hope it will really make an impact in the local community and will make recycling more efficient for all.”