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Stirling Road Refuse and Reuse Centre before it was closed. Picture: Google Streetview


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April 2, 2024

More details have emerged of plans for the reopening of the recycling centre on Stirling Road in South Acton.

A new facility dubbed the ReActon Circular Economy Hub is due to be unveiled to the publci this July.

The project, which is being run by West London Waste in partnership with Ealing Council, is completing a procurement process this Tuesday (2 April) for the temporary infrastructure at the site which will be built to last for five years.

The invitation to tender describes it as a “waste site of the future where residents can access reused items, repair broken items and learn skills to extend the life of items.” The area is expected to help residents to repair, reuse and recycle electronics, bicycles, furniture and clothes. Food that would otherwise go to waste will be offered for free.

The Hub will provide training and workshops to develop recycling skills and a number of ‘Delivery Partners’ will be given space at the centre including businesses and non-profit organisations. One current Delivery Partner of West London Waste is the Fixing Factory which collects tech items from the Abbey Road Recycling Centre in Park Royal for reuse.

The council says there will be opportunities for volunteering, work placements and apprenticeships.

While it appears residents will be allowed to bring items such as textiles and electricals to the site, it still remains unclear whether household waste and garden waste can be brought there for disposal in containers as previously.

A presentation to local councillors recently by West London Waste shows that it is planned to begin pre-launch activity with a pop-up stall at the Acton Market and the set up of a web site for the centre and by June the Delivery Partners should be in place.

The Hub is expected to be open to the public from July when training and education provision will begin and a shop selling recycled items will open. A series of community events will begin culminating in a circular economy festival in October. A café is planned for the site in September.

Ealing Council has said this will be the first ‘circular economy’ space of its kind in London.

A plan of the new recycling area in Stirling Road issued last year. Picture: Ealing Council

The council shut the previous refuse and recycling centre in November 2021 saying that cuts in government funding made the move unavoidable and that proceeds from a land sale were needed to cover up budget shortfalls. This left the nearest waste and recycling site for many residents as the one in Greenford which has struggled to cope with demand and has restricted opening hours as a result. For Chiswick residents, the problem was exacerbated by the removal of the recycling bins from the Sainsbury’s car park around the same time.

The Liberal Democrat opposition on Ealing Council have accused the council of trying to cover up the failure to sell the Stirling Road site by rebranding it.

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