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New household waste and recycling centre opens in Launceston

Launceston residents will now be able to recycle a much greater range of materials following the opening of the town's new household waste and recycling centre.

The new centre on Pennygillam Industrial Estate on Bangors Road replaces the facility at the nearby Bangors Quarry.


Staff from Bangors Quarry have also moved over to the new site, which is run for Cornwall Council by SITA Cornwall.

“This is great news for people living in and around Launceston and yet further evidence of our continuing commitment to improve recycling facilities across Cornwall,” said Councillor Julian German, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Waste Management. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those residents that currently recycle. For residents that do not recycle, please try the kerb side collection service. It is easy to use and it is cheaper for the tax payer to recycle than dispose of waste. If you have larger items, please use the bulky household waste collection service or the household waste recycling centres.

“I have visited the site and it is vastly improved, attracting positive comments from both the staff helping residents to dispose of their recycling in the right places and the users of the site. This new facility is most welcome and I look forward to a much improved recycling rate.”

The facility is also home to a refuse transfer station at Launceston where non-recyclable waste collected locally can be bulked up to be taken to Connon Bridge landfill.

Between 1 October and 31 March, the centre will be open daily from 9am to 4pm, closing on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. From 1 April to 30 September, the facility will remain open until 6pm every day.

Des Teale, Deputy Integrated Waste Management Contract Manager, said; “The opening of Launceston household waste recycling centre and transfer station is another step towards improving standards of waste management and increasing recycling rates for the benefit of the residents of Cornwall. This site is a particularly good example of a modern waste management facility.”

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