'Green' Council Depot Opens in Haverhill
Friday, 1st August 2008.
Fifty refuse, cleansing and landscapes staff will be starting work from a new environmentally-friendly base in Havehill. The new council depot on Homefield Road, was opened on Friday 1st August by Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
Built on a brown field site and designed to be highly energy-efficient and sustainable to cut energy and carbon emissions, the new depot features an air source heat pump to warm the building rather than using an oil-fired system and effective insulation will keep the interior at a comfortable temperature. A rain water harvester will capture rain to use for washing refuse and street-cleansing vehicles based at the depot and provide water for sanitary facilities. The site will also have a new environmental permit to store waste collected by the council so that vehicles will not need to make as many trips to recycling plants or landfill tips.
Peter Stevens, Cabinet member responsible for the environment, says:
“This building is a perfect example of St Edmundsbury leading the way in West Suffolk in terms of saving energy. We are delighted to be opening the new depot to provide better facilities for staff as well as a much more efficient working environment and we are proud that it will be as 'green' as possible.”
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