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New recycling centre for Raymond Brown

Raymond Brown open new recycling facility

Hampshire-based firm expands recycling capacity with new £1.1 million facility

RAYMOND Brown have officially opened their £1.1 million recycling centre in Southampton. To coincide with the inauguration, the company hosted an open day event on site welcoming around 100 local schoolchildren, as well as local residents, customers and staff in the evening.    

The school pupils had been invited to use their imagination to come up with poster designs for two new skip lorries. Importantly, the day provided the children with an opportunity to see their lorries in action and have a site tour while learning about the importance of recycling.

Operated by Raymond Brown Waste Solutions, the new materials recycling centre – located just north of the M27 motorway –processes up to 75,000 tonnes of non-hazardous commercial and industrial waste per annum.

Initial planning proposals started in 2012 and after a year of development and consultation, stakeholders raised no concerns or issues during the process. Hampshire County Council provided pre-application advice, making suggestions and modifications to the initial proposal, including a woodland management plan funded by Raymond Brown.

A local councilor said: ‘The investment by Raymond Brown to meet rising waste needs in the local area is very positive for us all. They have demonstrated stringent controls are in place to ensure environmental protection and to optimize waste recycling, as well as having established excellent relationships within the local community. I am pleased to say that planning permission was granted in May 2014 after a unanimous committee decision by Hampshire County Council with no local community objections to the plans.’

Steve Clasby, managing director of Raymond Brown Waste Solutions, added: ‘This new facility gives us the opportunity to take brownSkips.com to a wider market and delivers an efficient tip and collect service, allowing customers to tip inert material whilst collecting quality aggregates, ready-mixed concrete and soil at the same time.

Overall, we will be helping to increase the county’s recycling rates, promoting waste recycling in the local community and further increasing employment opportunities.’

 

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