Survey and design works progressing on new Alford recycling facility

Survey and design works are progressing on a new household recycling centre for Alford.

Aberdeenshire Council confirmed in December that developers Kirkwood Homes would be upgrading and expanding the existing facility for the village which will feature increased opening hours and accept additional materials for recycling.

Alford Household Recycling Centre on Mart Road had limited operating hours and accepted reduced streams of materials when compared with larger sites.

The new ‘drive-in, drive-out’ facility will feature an extended range of materials collected for recycling including soil and rubble and will also operate four days a week Friday to Monday.

Kirkwood Homes are undertaking the construction of the recycling centre under a planning agreement linked to its development at Wellheads, Alford.

The current facility closed in mid-January to enable Kirkwood Homes to undertake preliminary works on the site.

Aberdeenshire Council Waste Manager Ros Baxter said: “Since the Alford facility closed in January, initial surveying has been undertaken to enable Kirkwood Homes begin the design process.

“Although the community is unlikely to see formal construction commencing until March, as with any development of this kind regular access and ongoing survey work for the design team is essential before building works can begin.”

Replacement facilities for surplus mixed-dry recycling are being provided next to the glass recycling point in the car-park next to the Grampian Transport Museum and will be joined by a Saturday garden waste collection point from April 4.

There are other glass collection points within the village and residents can also continue to access Household Recycling Centres at Insch, Inverurie and Huntly.