Hampshire County Council, have formally opened a new purpose-built facility which will recycle the waste generated in the course of road repairs undertaken by Hampshire Highway’s. The reclaimed material will be processed and then re-used in road maintenance, leading to reduced carbon emissions, costs, and travel miles.
The council say that the new depot, located in a former asphalt plant in Micheldever, will put the County Council “ at the forefront of sustainable highway construction.”
HCC Deputy Leader Rob Humby said in a statement:
“This is a huge advance in how highway maintenance will be carried out across the county – one of the largest areas of work the County Council delivers for Hampshire residents and businesses.“Bringing back in to use material taken up from Hampshire roads during repairs, processing it cleanly and quietly, and then re-using it elsewhere on the local road network is a fantastic step forward for us – both in maintaining the 5,500 miles of roads we’re responsible for across Hampshire, and in reducing our carbon footprint, helping us to achieve our climate change goals.’
The Council claim the new initiative will result in significant CO2 reductions within 12 months and save up to £320,000 per year through the reduction in highway construction costs.
The investment to bring the new site into operation has been through a partnership between Hampshire County Council, Milestone Infrastructure and OCL (a specialist recycling contractor)
Pictured: Councillor Rob Humby, HampshireCounty Council‘s Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and the Environment; rat – Councillor Russell Oppenheimer, Hampshire County Council‘s Executive Member for Highways Operations; left – Councillor Jan Warwick, Hampshire County Council‘s Executive Member for Climate Change and Sustainability; far right – Simon Watson, Milestone Infrastructure; far left – Stuart Gready, OCL