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Council approve 20,000-tonne Pendlebury recycling plant

Salford City Council have approved plans to expand a recycling plant on an industrial estate in Pendlebury, Swinton.

Fresh Start Waste Ltd applied for consent for a change of use for two buildings at Hilton Square, off Bolton Road, to create new offices and a cardboard, plastics, glass and food waste recycling facility totalling 12,000 sq ft.

15,000 tonnes – rising to 20,000 tonnes – of recyclable, non-hazardous material could be recovered from the plant each year.

This material will be sorted on site and take elsewhere to be reprocessed.

This would mean a 33% rise in capacity for the firm.

The proposal was approved by Salford City Council today, Thursday 8 October.

The hours of operation under the terms of the planning application are 24 hours Monday to Friday and 4am to 6pm at weekends.

Urban Vision found an extra 98 HGV trips in each direction would be created by the development, but “Given the site’s location within an industrial estate with access from the A666 Bolton Road, this is not considered a severe impact upon the highway network.”

Fresh Start say that five new jobs will be created by the expansion, taking the total staff on site to 59.

In May 2015 Fresh Start announced that it had secured a £350,000 loan facilities from the Royal Bank of Scotland to help secure the additional space next to its current base.

At the time, managing director of Fresh Start Waste Services Craig Lavelle said: “There is huge demand for our services and we are creating further capacity to deal with new and existing contracts and extending our geographical reach across the county.”

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