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Major upgrade for household recycling centre


It’s make over time for Pyke Quarry household recycling centre. Brand new skips, fresh concrete flooring and a modern ‘squashing’ machine; just a few of the things being installed for residents in the Stroud area.

Pyke Quarry household recycling centre (HRC) at Horsley will close from 4th to 22nd June while its equipment is updated. Currently, static compactor skips are used to squash and compress waste before it is transported for recycling or disposal. This system is now quite old and becoming very unreliable, making maintenance costly.

To solve this, and make the site more efficient, Gloucestershire County Council is bringing in a new mobile compactor.

Mobile compactors are heavy plant vehicles with hydraulic attachments that can squash the waste in the skips more tightly leaving fewer gaps and making the best use of space. If a skip becomes full  a mobile compactor can easily move waste to other empty bins.

To make the switch to the new machines the five existing static compactors will be removed and new open top skips will be provided.

The whole site is being revamped. Some of these improvements include new white road markings, laying concrete flooring and brand new material signs being put up.

While the staff are being trained on the new equipment and the improvements are taking place it will be necessary to close the centre from Monday 4th June until Friday 22th June inclusive. It is planned to re-open on Saturday 23rd June.

During this time residents are asked to take their bulky household waste and recycling to their closest alternative centre which will either be Hempsted in Gloucester or Fosse Cross near Cirencester.

For a full list of household recycling centres in Gloucestershire visit:

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said, “We’re bringing the equipment at Horsley HRC up to date with a more modern and flexible system. The new hi-tech method of squashing what’s in the skips will not only save money in maintenance costs, but it’ll be more efficient and reliable too.

“I’d like to thank local people or their patience whilst Pyke Quarry temporarily closes during the improvement work.”

Cllr Steve Robinson, local county councillor for Nailsworth, said: “This is a fantastic investment for our local household recycling centre. I know the temporary closure isn’t ideal but I hope residents will appreciate the more modern facilities that will soon be available.”

Later this year the council plans to install the same new hi-tech equipment at Hempsted HRC Gloucester with a total investment of more than £500,000 to modernise the two sites.

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