Mildenhall Recycling Centre to be closed while improvement work takes place

Mildenhall Recycling Centre to be closed while improvement work takes place

Mildenhall Recycling Centre will be closed for three days next month (November 15 until November 17) because of essential work to expand the site .

The site will be closed while the work takes place, which when completed will improve traffic flow and parking, as well as allowing full containers to be serviced from a dedicated area without a need to close the site each time.

Due to the site’s current layout, Mildenhall Recycling Centre occasionally closes to the public during opening hours when operational vehicles are serviced. This will no longer be the case, once the changes are made.

Suffolk County Council has commissioned site operator FCC Environment to carry out the work to ensure the Recycling Centre will continue to be fit for purpose now and in the future.

The initial works, which started in September, have so far not caused disruption to the normal service available at the Recycling Centre – and despite the closure taking place over three days, the service will only be unavailable for two days because the site is closed on Wednesdays.

The closure is necessary as the Recycling Centre office and a number of utility points need to be moved, including electric, drainage, water and telecommunication points.

The work is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year.

Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Cllr Matthew Hicks, said:

We apologise for the inconvenience the short closure of Mildenhall Recycling Centre may cause, but these works are essential. 

The work will ensure the Recycling Centre continues to be fit-for-purpose now and in the future. The improved site layout will mean waste and recycling vehicles will be separated from the public are for a smoother, easier and safer experience.

We hope those who use the Recycling Centre will enjoy the benefits of the new site layout once completed.

Paul Smith, Contract Manager for FCC Environment, who operate Suffolk’s Recycling Centres on behalf of the County Council, said:

Working in partnership with Suffolk County Council, we are committed to making the recycling experience on site as user-friendly and safe as possible. These essential works are part of this process but we do apologise for any inconvenience in the short term.

To stay up to date with progress on the site closure you can check @SuffolkHWRC or visit


October 29th, 2016