Waste Site Developments

Forest Park

Service Update: 

There are new plans being implemented to create state-of-the-art waste treatment facilities at the Forest Park site, which will allow the Island to manage its own waste for years to come.

Works to demolish the previous facility and infrastructure have been completed and construction is now underway, with ground works taking place in the first phase.

Work began on the 20 May 2017, for an initial period of three months each Saturday between 7.30am and 5pm.  These works are low level noise and mainly involve the use of hand tools and cranes. The works comply with planning conditions and all works will stop from 5pm on a Saturday.  No works will take place on a Sunday.

You can see a timelapse video of the latest work at the site up until June 2017 on our YouTube channel by clicking here.

Our plans aim to introduce modern facilities with state-of-the-art technology, which will be locally based to deal with local recycling and rubbish.

To do this the council is investing in new recycling and waste facilities at Forest Road, Newport. In partnership with Amey, the council is building a new mechanical treatment plant, and a new energy recovery facility.

When complete, all collected recycling and waste will be handled at the Forest Road Waste Management Park. The facility will also be able to accept local commercial and industrial recycling and waste.

The purpose of a Material Recovery Facility

The Material Recovery Facility being constructed at Forest Road has two purposes;

  • Mixed recycling - The mixed recycling from your green wheeled bin/gull sack will be sorted, separated and graded ready to be sold on to a reprocessors. Clean separated Recyclates are a high quality material that can be easily made into new items.
  • General Waste - the refuse will have materials extracted from it that are capable of being reprocessed these will be baled and stored separately from the clean recycling. Contaminated recyclable are however this is more difficult to make into new items. General waste that is not recyclable will be shredded and sent to the new Energy Recovery Facility to create electricity that will be sold back to the grid.

This is what happens to your Paper/ card recycling and food waste

  • The separate paper and cardboard collected will be bundled up together at the same site and then sent directly to a paper mill where it will be recycled into new paper, as it is now.
  • Food waste is sent to an Anaerobic Digestion Plant in Basingstoke where it becomes energy and compost. This avoids food waste being buried as costly landfill and releasing harmful gasses into the environment.

Energy Recovery Facility overview

The energy recovery facility will to create energy from waste that cannot be recycled, generating 23,000 megawatt hours of energy per year which will be exported to the National Grid.

Together, these technologies will help us put your rubbish to good use and ensure more than 90% of the Island’s household waste does not end up being landfilled. This is a sustainable solution for all of us that will provide flexibility to accommodate the changing needs in future years on the Island.

The council aims to make the Island a leading Local Authority in the UK for recycling and landfill diversion, we can only do this with your help.

Forest Park will also include a new visitor centre on site which will be supported by mobile education facilities to help raise awareness of the importance of recycling.


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