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Bottom ash plant go-ahead for Covanta

Covanta Energy has won planning permission for an incinerator bottom ash aggregate facility in Cheshire.

The plant, to be built at Ince Park, will have the capacity to process up to 250,000 tonnes of incinerator bottom ash (IBA) every year.

The IBA will come from Covanta’s nearby energy-from-waste facility, which already has planning permission from Cheshire West and Chester Council.

IBA is an aggregate-like material which, once processed, is commonly used by the construction industry.

Covanta UK managing director Malcolm Chilton (pictured) said: “We are delighted that we have received planning permission from the council to build this facility. This ensures the IBA will be recycled and not sent to landfill.

“As the IBAA facility will be located within Ince Park alongside our EfW facility, transportation will be kept to a minimum, helping to provide an even more sustainable solution.”

Covanta’s preferred partner for the facility is Ballast Phoenix, which currently operates on seven UK sites and processes more than 650,000 tonnes of IBA per year.

Ince Park is a joint venture project between Covanta Energy and Peel Environmental on the south bank of the Manchester ship canal.

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