Designing a HWRC for Welwyn

8th April 2019

With their current contract drawing to a close, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) saw the opportunity to redevelop their existing waste depot to fully optimise the available space, and to potentially utilise the site for a Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) for Hertfordshire County Council (HCC).

The aim of the redevelopment was to design a layout for the waste depot which would maximise the efficiency of the site to ensure that it was as competitive as possible for future procurement.

Our consultants initially carried out a site visit, before leading a workshop with both WHBC and HCC to understand the needs of each of the councils, as well as outlining the strategic aims of the redevelopment.

We then produced a feasibility study, which included a conceptual layout for the site and the proposed HWRC, as well as indicative costings for the redevelopment. Our team worked closely with officers from both councils to reach a design which satisfied the requirements of both councils, and concluded that it was feasible to build an HWRC on the site whilst continuing to use it for its current purpose.

As a result of this, we carried out an options appraisal to present to WHBC to provide a costed comparison between several options for the layout of their site.

The next stage in the project will see us take the design of the HWRC further, producing a detailed 3D design and costings for WHBC’s preferred development option.

The new HWRC, once completed, aims to improve recycling rates across the county by encouraging and facilitating household recycling. We have designed the HWRC with user accessibility in mind, prioritising the layout so as to maximise ease of use for residents. The HWRC will also include a reuse shop on site, resulting in higher levels of reuse and recycling across the county.

As well as bringing the county closer to meeting the 2020 recycling targets, this increase in recycling will result in lower carbon emissions, less waste sent to landfill, and ultimately less plastic pollution in the natural environment, and will contribute to a greener, more sustainable future.

Kirsten Roberts, from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said:

“In addition to providing an upgraded depot for our Streetscene contractors, we are keen to give our local residents the opportunity to maximise their recycling and reuse opportunities, and Eunomia have helped us make the first steps towards that goal. Eunomia’s team have provided us with clear, concise guidance, and have helped us to come up with a creative solution that is tailored to our needs. We look forward to continuing to work with Eunomia through this project.”

Molly Hickman, our Project Manager, said:

“It’s great to see Welwyn Hatfield, alongside Hertfordshire County Council, taking the steps to increase recycling and reuse, and it has been exciting to work alongside them both to help them ensure that they are maximising the impact of their site and the potential HWRC.”

Picture courtesy of Matt Brown, Flickr, CC BY 2.0.