A £1.25 million materials recycling facility (MRF) has been opened by Cumbria Waste Group near to Carlisle.
The 50,000 tonnes per year MRF is accepting both commercial and industrial waste as well as domestic materials.
Cumbria Waste Group managing director Mike Bareham said: “We are delighted to have the MRF operational and to be achieving very high recycling rates on behalf of our customers.
“This is a significant investment on our part but one which was needed to ensure waste generated in Cumbria is actually processed in the county, rather than having to be sent out of the area, as was the case previously.
“It provides our current and potential customers with a cost-effective and sustainable waste management solution that has major environmental benefits.”
Since beginning operation, the MRF has achieved a 98 per cent recycling rate, with the remaining material used as a solid recovered fuel or refuse derived fuel.