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Source: City of Sunderland

Work on the new site is expected to begin later this winter after City Council plans to relocate its current Beach Street centre to the former Rolls Royce site at Pallion secured planning permission. 

Welcoming the decision, Council Leader, Councillor Graeme Miller, said: “This is excellent news. Residents have told us that they want to see better household waste recycling facilities and that’s something we’ve taken on board with our plans for this fantastic new centre.

“Beach Street desperately needs replacing with something that is both bigger and better. The new household waste and recycling centre at Pallion will offer much improved facilities and better access, which for the first time will include a walk-in option and a recycle and re-use shop.

“It will also provide for Sunderland’s bulky waste and recycling needs well into the future as the city continues to grow, including any future recycling opportunities.”

In view of its popularity, the appointment system introduced to support social distancing and reduce queuing when the HWRC reopened after lockdown will transfer to the new site when it opens.

The current Beach Street site is open seven days a week, only closing on Christmas and New Year’s Day. In previous years, it has had around 40,000 visits annually and collects around 17,000 tonnes of plastic, wood, rubble, garden waste, redundant electrical appliances, such as white goods or televisions.

About 60 per cent of all the waste that is delivered to the Beach Street site is recycled. The remainder is sent to the Council’s energy from waste facility on Teesside.

The council allocated £5m for the Pallion works and a mini-recycling centre in the Coalfields area as part of the City Council’s budget setting process in 2018. 

Councillor Miller added: “The investment in the new centre ties in with our ambitious City Plan which is all about Sunderland becoming a more dynamic, healthy and vibrant city by 2030.

Work on the new site is due to start this winter, with an anticipated completion date of Autumn 2021.

A flythrough of how the new Household Waste and Recycling Centre will look is available here:

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