THE £750,000 redevelopment of a recycling centre has been declared a success.
The Port Solent centre was partially closed in October last year, and reopened in May.
Work included adding 10 more parking spaces, meaning the centre now has 25, creating 14 extra bays to unload rubbish into, and installing a container for recycling cooking oil.
New signs have been added, and 120 concrete piles have been sunk into solid rock 10m below, to help stabilise the facility.
The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Cheryl Buggy, was on hand this week to reopen it.
Environment boss Cllr Eleanor Scott said: ‘More than 75 per cent of materials which come to the facility are recycled. With the addition of more recycling bays and the new cooking oil facility this can only increase.
‘The redevelopment also means reduced queuing times, as trucks will can come and go without interfering with traffic.
‘I’d like to thank visitors to the site for their patience while the work has been under way.’
‘It’s good news also for Victory and Westover Primary Schools, as both won £400 after pupils created decorations from recycled materials.