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Consultation opens on £77m recycling centre for Rotherham

Public consultation on a £77m PFI project to build a waste recycling centre processing 265,000 tonnes of waste a year in Rotherham opens next week.

The BDR Waste Partnership of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils propose that a former colliery site will have a mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant and an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant. It will deal with household residual waste and a small amount of commercial waste.

BDR has selected 3SE, the partnership between Shanks Group working with Scottish and Southern Energy, as its preferred partner.

Newsletters and information about the Bolton Road site, between Bolton-upon-Dearne and Manvers, are being sent out to 18,500 homes and businesses in the area. Three public information exhibitions will be hosted near to the proposed site where staff will be on hand to answer questions and feedback forms will be available.

BDR chair Richard Russell said: “We hope as many people as possible attend one of the local information sessions. They provide an important opportunity for people to find out more about what is proposed, and talk to and ask questions of some of the people involved.”

Shanks spokesman Stephen Ray said: “Once operational, this facility will enable is to deal effectively with the council’s residual waste while creating energy and re-using materials that would otherwise go to landfill.”

The MBT plant will dry the residual waste and recover and process materials such as metals, glass, plastics, compost, stone and grit that can be recycled. The dried end product will then be used to generate electricity in a multi-fuel plant at Ferrybridge. The AD plant will compost residues from the MBT plants to produce renewable energy and a soil nutrient.

Operations will take place indoors, with both plants operating under negative pressure. Air will be sucked in for the drying and treatment processes and when released back into the atmosphere will pass through bio-filters to stop smells and dust.

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