THE first-ever commercial recycling centre in Calderdale launches next month (Oct) and expects to be handling more than 100,000 tonnes of industrial waste a year.
Belmont Recycling Centre, on a five-acre site at Sowerby Bridge, is to launch on October 2 after gaining development funding from Yorkshire Bank's West Yorkshire Financial Solutions Centre (FSC), Bradford.
The £2.5m recycling centre, which will specialise in non-hazardous materials and provide an alternative to landfill, is being launched by Calderdale businessman, Jim Moore and his business partner, Peter Sawrij.
The centre, on Belmont Industrial Estate, which has taken three years' planning, is a development of Calder Valley Skip Hire and will create 25 new jobs in addition to the 34 which are already in the business.
Eighty five per cent of the new centre's recycling work will be targeted at the construction and demolition sectors with the remainder being taken up with a service to Calderdale residents. It has a £3m first year projected turnover.
Jim Moore, 46, who launched Calderdale Skip Hire with Peter Sawrij in 2002, also with support from Yorkshire Bank, says: "New legislation which takes affect this autumn restricts waste from going directly into landfill sites and means that recycling must become far more widespread.
"It has been left to us as independent business people to have the vision and shoulder this investment, without the aid of grants, to launch this recycling centre which is the first of its kind in this part of West Yorkshire.
"As well as providing an essential service to local construction-related businesses and the wider community, we are in talks with Fosca which handles waste disposal to Calderdale's 98,000 homes to see if we can help them to increase their recycling by five per cent and reach their targets.
"Yorkshire Bank has understood our needs and has helped us to grow Calder Valley Skip Hire. The Bradford FSC has been on our side throughout the planning and development of this new venture and this has been crucial to getting it underway."
Belmont Recycling Centre, enclosed in a 12,000 sq ft central facility, comprises the latest sorting, screening, separating, compacting and crushing technologies to sort non-hazardous materials, including wood, stone, soil and paper, and prepare them for re-entry to the supply chain.
There were three stages of finance from Yorkshire Bank's Bradford FSC including purchasing the site, acquiring the premises and fitting out with the latest technology.
manager, Ian Firth, says: "This is a further example of Yorkshire Bank demonstrating its support to local entrepreneurs. As a bank manager it has been very rewarding to be involved with a forward-looking scheme, which will become a valuable resource to the local business community, right from its inception.
"I have known Jim and Peter since the launch of Calder Valley Skip Hire and am sure that this new venture will be a success."