Fifteen new jobs have been created in the Amesbury area as Hills Waste Solutions begins work to convert an existing warehouse into a recyclables management facility.

Hills is recruiting up to 10 kerbside loaders and five LGV drivers to work at the Amesbury site when it opens later this year.

Planning permission for the 0.6 hectare site on Mills Way was granted in April and negotiations to secure ownership concluded a few weeks ago.

Mike Webster, group director for Hills Waste Solutions, said: “The establishment of a recyclables management facility in Amesbury provides a local solution to deal with waste and recycling generated in the south of the county and significantly reduce road miles travelled. We are looking for local people to fill the new roles which have been created.”

The new Amesbury site will handle plastic and cardboard and so-called “black box” recyclates (that is glass bottles, cans and newspapers) collected from households in the south and south east of the county via Wiltshire Council’s kerbside recycling service, and some garden waste. These will be transported off the site in bulk for recycling and reprocessing.

The facility will also act as a transfer station for household waste collected from homes in the Salisbury area which will be transported to an energy from waste plant at Slough.

The Amesbury site has a number of factors in its favour. It is close to the A303 and A345 which makes its transport links with Wiltshire and Slough very good. There is already a household recycling centre adjacent to the new site.

The facility is an important piece of new community infrastructure in the greater Salisbury area and is a big improvement over the two small transfer stations, at Everleigh and Thorny Down, which are not up to modern standards.

Employment inquiries can be directed to Dan Barfoot on (01380) 738300.