Better waste management in Wakefield

More recycling, less landfill, community benefits


Every year, Wakefield Council collects around 165,000 tonnes of rubbish. At the moment, approximately 39% of it is recycled and the rest is buried in landfill.

This is costly for the Council and the tax payer, and it's bad for the environment too.

This is why Shanks is working in partnership with the Council to improve the way waste is managed in Wakefield.

We have built new waste management facilities that will:

  • Help to reduce landfill
  • Improve recycling levels to at least 52% 
  • Create sustainable green energy

From 25 February 2013, Shanks began operating waste management services previously provided by the Council, including the seven Household Waste Recycling Centres and 38 Bring Sites across the district. Since then we have built new facilities, closed some of the older sites and created a number of improvements to the Household Waste Recycling Centres such as:

  • They are now open seven days a week
  • More staff to help you to recycle your waste
  • Improved signage
  • Late night opening one night a week during British Summer Time



Useful information

Household waste and recycling collections

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