Work started on new £750m waste facility

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Work has started on a new £750m state-of-the-art waste treatment facility in South Kirkby.

Residents were invited to an open day last Wednesday at Langthwaite House, to look at plans of the development and its facilities, as well as getting the chance to speak to representatives from Shanks - the company behind the new centre.

The facility, on South Kirkby Business Park, will bring together a combination of modern technologies for handling and treating waste, together with improved Household Waste Recycling Centres across the District.

It will enable much more household waste to be recycled and reused as well as recovered with less waste sent to landfill.

Wakefield Council signed a 25-year contract with Shanks in January and it is expected to create around 300 jobs - 60 of which will be permanent roles.

It is expected to take around two years to be built.

When the new facilities are complete, the town’s current site at Manface Quarry will be phased out, along with other sites at Ossett, Castleford, Ferrybridge and Fitzwilliam.

Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for environment and communities said: “This was an opportunity for residents to see how work is progressing on the new facility and ask any questions they may have to the partners involved.”

Visit www.shanks-wakefield.co.uk to find out more about the development.