THE first sod was turned today on a new $1.8 million recycling and reuse centre for Launceston.
The development is expected to take six months to build, and it is hoped that the reuse shop will be trading by November.
City Mission will operate the shop, which is expected to employ up to eight people.
Vernarchie Contracting were awarded the $1.8 million tender for the new tip shop, a dedicated recycling centre, a new weighbridge and modifications to the existing site.
Completion of the new recycling facility will coincide with a new fee structure at the waste centre to start in January 2015.
Tip users will be charged a domestic disposal rate of $58.25 a tonne, with a minimum $10 entry charge.
There will be no charge for disposal at the recycling centre and reuse shop.