Plans to build the UK’s largest eco-park in Manchester have been developed through a partnership between Covanta Energy and Peel Environmental.
The £500m investment will create an energy from waste (EfW) facility onsite, which will generate 95 MW of electricity each year plus heat from household waste. This energy will be used by the other materials reprocessors situated on the eco-park, providing them with a stable renewable energy.
Covanta’s UK managing director Malcolm Chilton said: “Our EfW facility will be the heart of the eco-park which we believe will be a model for the future. It represents the most sensible and viable alternative to our country’s current over-reliance on landfill for municipal and business waste. It will provide the energy and means to truly make recycling and reprocessing a reality and not just an aspiration.”
The facility will be situated on the south bank of the Manchester Ship Canal. The eco-park will be run by Ince Park and designed, built and run by Covanta.
Along with the EfW facility, Ince Park proposes the development of an integrated waste management facility series of plots for resource recovery companies, sites for research and development organisations closely linked to recovery and reprocessing companies. It is thought a range of companies involved with biodiesel, soil treatment, plastics, wood, glass and waste electrical and electronic equipment will be looked at.
Peel Environmental chairman Owen Michaelson said: “We need to make more careful use of the earth’s resources. I believe we should make efficient use of the waste that remains after recycling and maximise our use of renewable resources. This will enable us to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. We must use our precious mineral resources in a responsible manner and only as part of a balanced energy policy.”