Here you will find general information about Allerton Waste Recovery Park including why the facility is needed; why the site was chosen; when it was granted planning permission and where the waste will come from. We also explain how it will complement existing kerbside recycling services.

Why do we need it?

York and North Yorkshire’s households generate 450,000 tonnes of waste each year, with much of this currently ending up in landfill – a hole in the ground.

North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council decided to look ahead at ways they could reduce landfill, do something useful with local rubbish and generate savings in their waste management costs, which in turn benefits local residents and taxpayers.

Instead of landfilling, Allerton Waste Recovery Park extracts recyclable materials still left in the waste stream and captures these for recycling, everything that is left over is used to generate energy. This helps deliver financial and environmental benefits to the local area.

North Yorkshire’s councils must divert 65% of biodegradable waste from landfill by 2020. The facility will enable North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council to exceed strict Government and EU targets on landfill diversion.

The continuing use of landfill is not a sustainable environmental option. It generates methane - one of the most potent greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. Methane is more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide, with landfill generating up to 40% of the UK’s methane emissions. This represents about 3% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

Why was the Allerton site chosen?

Numerous locations across York and North Yorkshire were researched as potential sites for a new Waste Recovery Park to manage the county’s waste. Allerton was chosen for a number of reasons, including its transport links (it is very close to the A1) and its central location in terms of waste transportation. In addition, the Allerton site had previously been used for landfill and as a quarry and therefore it is well suited for use as a waste management facility.

Will this impact kerbside recycling?

No. Kerbside collections will continue and we support all efforts to increase kerbside recycling. We deal with the waste which is leftover after you’ve done your recycling at the kerbside.

If we already reduce, reuse and recycle, why is landfill still an issue?

Over the last few years, individuals and organisations across York and North Yorkshire have worked hard to increase recycling and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Nevertheless, there is still some rubbish leftover that councils have to deal with and currently the only option is to dispose of it in landfill. Landfill sites are filling up and the cost

Where does waste come from?

Allerton Waste Recovery Park has been sized and designed to take household waste from North Yorkshire and York.  

How was it designed?

Allerton Waste Recovery Park was designed to blend in with and be sympathetic to the local environment, with extensive landscaping and even a green roof to part of the building. Consultation took place with organisations such as English Heritage and CABE during the planning process.

The main facility building is 38 metres high. It was been designed to ensure it is significantly below the tree line from eastern vantage points. On the northern approach from the A1, following consultation with CABE, it was designed to be a landmark feature. The facility  includes one chimneystack of 70 metres.

What are the timescales?

Construction began in January 2015 and the facility became operational March 2018.

When was Allerton Waste Recovery Park granted planning permission?

Allerton Waste Recovery Park was granted planning permission on October 30th, 2012.

Can I view the planning documents relating to AWRP?

The planning documents are available on North Yorkshire County Council’s online planning register at: The original planning application reference is NY/2011/0328/ENV.

Searching for Amey Cespa will bring up all the related documents.

How can I find out more or get involved?

Please contact us with any questions you have. You can contact us in a number of ways – by phone, email, post or face-to-face at our Local Liaison Committee meetings which meet four times a year.
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