Isle of Wight Council is welcoming the creation of 50 new jobs at its new waste recovery site at Forest Park, Newport.
Once the site is fully operational in 2019, it will be an important part of the council’s aim to divert 90 per cent of waste away from landfill and recycle 55 per cent of household waste by 2020.
Amey, which is advertising the positions, is holding a recruitment open day at Newclose Cricket Ground, Newport, between 12pm and 6pm on Thursday 3 May.
Isle of Wight Council leader, Councillor Dave Stewart, said: “This is really positive news – we are committed to regenerating our Island economy and showing that the Island is a great place to live and work. I hope the public come to Amey’s recruitment open day and get involved in this exciting project.”
The site will take kerbside domestic waste and will also be available for businesses and private waste carriers to dispose of their recycling and waste to avoid landfill.
Natasha Dix, council waste and recycling manager, said: ”I am confident we are on course to our aim of leading the way in preventing non-essential waste being sent to landfill and to recycle all resources wherever possible. The mechanical treatment part of the site will see all dry recycling sorted and graded here on the Island, ready for market.”
The plant will also sort black bag waste, pulling out the lower quality recyclables, also for market, before converting up to 44,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste to fuel for the energy from waste part of the site. This is set to produce 23,000 megawatt hours of energy per year, once up and running – enough to provide energy for around 6,000 homes.
“I welcome the great news about these new posts and would encourage job seekers to come along to the recruitment open day and find out more about becoming part of Amey’s team working to achieve zero non-essential waste to landfill. I am really excited to see that we are a step further to that aim,” said Councillor Michael Murwill, Cabinet member for waste management.
For more information on the posts, visit Amey’s website at: www.amey.co.uk/isle-of-wight