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Bradford waste facility gets approval

Plans for a £170m waste facility in Bradford aimed at boosting recycling rates have been given the green light.

Pennine Resource Recovery (PRR), a consortium including Skanska, FCC Environment and Aecom, has been awarded planning approval for a plant in Bowling Back Lane by Bradford council’s regulatory and appeals committee.

The resource recovery facility will mechanically extract recyclable materials from Bradford and Calderdale’s residual household waste, and use the remainder to produce electricity for 20,000 homes.

The facility will divert more than 90% of Bradford and Calderdale’s waste from landfill each year, and help the councils increase recycling rates to over 50%.

PRR said that around 80 permanent jobs would be created at the facility, which will also provide 80 apprenticeships and work experience for unemployed people and school children, as well as creating contracts for recycling contracts for local companies.

A spokesman for the PRR said: “This is something that we wanted to do because the area is quite a deprived part of Bradford and there’s not much investment going on the area anyway. The hope is that it will spark investment in this part of the city.”

PRR project director Mark Tribe said that the scheme would create opportunities and local people as well as cut waste sent to landfill.

“The scheme has been specifically designed for the area and we will be working very closely with local training and employment agencies to ensure that local people across both districts are able to benefit from the employment and training opportunities on offer,” he said.

Construction is planned to start in the spring with the facility expected to be operational by 2016.

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