A public recycling facility in Ellon will remain open for three days a week for five weeks as it prepares to move to a new site nearby.
The Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) at the town’s Balmacassie Industrial Estate will close on Monday, May 8 after the land it sits on was sold to boost the growth of craft beer company, BrewDog, which has premises next door.
The local authority agreed to sell the land in 2015 to allow BrewDog to expand its operations in Ellon, aid the provision of more local jobs and boost the region’s economy.
As a result, the HWRC which opened in 2011, will move to a new location within Balmacassie Industrial Estate on Friday, June 9.
The council will be moving much of the same infrastructure from the existing site in order to reduce costs but means the temporary closure is necessary to transfer equipment safely and complete the setup of the new centre.
To allow residents to continue recycling during this closure period, a section of the current site will open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from May 12th until June 4th between 9am and 4pm.
Sue Horrobin, waste manager, said: “Opening the site from Friday to Sunday only for five weeks allows those living in Ellon and the surrounding area to continue recycling and using the site whilst we complete the move. Extra staff will be on hand to help residents at the site during this period, and we’ll be able to accept almost all the items for recycling which we normally accept.”
The only items which cannot be collected at the temporary facility are gas cylinders and any household items/furniture for re-use. However, Stella’s Voice, the Council’s current re-use partner in the Ellon area can provide a door-to-door collections service, and residents are also encouraged to use the national re-use line which works to arrange collections from householders.
Philip McKay, Head of Roads, Landscape Services and Waste Management, said: “We hope that the relocation of our Ellon HWRC will cause minimal disruption for residents and believe our contingency plan should allow householders continued access to a valuable recycling service.”