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£40 million recycling centre planned for Perth

Outline plans have been unveiled for a £40 million waste recycling centre in Perth, Scotland that would be capable of generating both electrical power and heat in a sustainable manner.

Holden Environmental plan to upgrade the existing waste transfer and material recycling facilities on their 3.4 acre site to include the latest waste-to-energy technology.

The electricity generated from the new facility could be channelled to the National Grid or Perth Prison, which is the biggest user of raw energy in the area, spending an estimated £400,000 a year on heating and lighting.

Holden Environmental director Robert Holden said: “The combination of an existing waste transfer operation with an established waste stream, suitable for energy recovery and situated in an industrial environment, in close proximity to Perth Prison, presents a unique environmental and economic opportunity for a waste-to-energy project.”

If given the green light from Perth and Kinross council, the proposal would see an additional 20 skilled jobs created as well as minimising the amount of waste currently being sent to landfill sites and reducing transportation, fuel and labour costs.

The business’ current capacity of handling 75,000 tonnes of waste a year would also double if the 24-hour, 365 days-a-year operation was approved.

Holden said: “Our aim would be to contribute towards the required reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution through a greatly reduced reliance on landfill, which produces large amounts of methane gas. We would also be able to produce renewable energy from the waste stream as an alternative to fossil fuels.”

Through national targets, the waste management system in Scotland is expected to save non-renewable energy resources sufficient to supply one million households by 2020.

If given the green light by the council, Holden Environmental will then be in a position to approach potential investors to meet the significant costs involved.

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