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Gateshead debuts security fence on new waste centre

Gateshead debuts security fence on new waste centre

01st July 2014

Gateshead Council is the first in the country to order new security-rated perimeter fencing from Zaun for its newly modernised waste transfer station and adjacent recycling centre that opens today [1 July].

The Campground Household Waste & Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Wrekenton reopens today after a 14-month redevelopment of the 25-year-old site.

The modernised HWRC is bigger, has a roof to shelter users, more recycling containers and a new one-way road system to improve the service for Gateshead council residents and cut down traffic queuing at busy times.

The new waste transfer station can handle up to 90,000 tonnes of waste per year and includes a visitor and education centre powered by solar panels and a small wind turbine as a resource for local schools.

It is also more secure now the 200-metre security fence on the new waste centre has been enclosed by Zaun’s HiSec SR1 fence panels, posts and double leaf gates.

A variety of 31 Zaun installations at heights of anything above two metres and at gradients up to 12 degrees have been SR rated to LPS 1175 from the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB), as tested by the Buildings Research Establishment.

To maintain accreditation and a listing in the LPCB Red Book, manufacturers must regularly demonstrate to independent auditors that they produce products consistent with those tested. This gives the customer the guarantee that they are getting a secure and quality product.

Products approved by LPCB are rigorously tested for resistance to deliberate attack and play an important role in protecting people and property against physical attack, burglary, vandalism and terrorism.

LPS 1175 specifically covers the approval and listing of intruder resistant building components, strongpoints, security enclosures and free-standing barriers.

Colin Huntington, head of waste services and grounds maintenance at Gateshead Council, said:

“The new centre will be totally secure and will be a great facility for our residents and help us in our quest to boost recycling rates to 50% by 2020.”

The HWRC accepts waste for recycling – from paper, glass, tins and plastics, garden waste, small electrical items and DIY building waste.