Hopes for an in-vessel composting (IVC) facility in South Gloucestershire have been raised again as Sita has submitted another planning application.
The application for a 30,000 tonne a year plant near Tormarton to process kitchen waste, green waste and cardboard is the latest effort to build a facility in the region.
In May, Sita spokesman David Robertson told MRW: Weve had a few aborted attempts over the years. Sita has had the council contract for seven years out of 25, and 21 [resource recovery] sites have failed. Part of the problem is that there is little land available in the south west area. Its either earmarked for housing or light industrial use. This is going to be a big issue for the whole sub region. (MRW, May 16).
The location is a brownfield site, which was formerly a highways maintenance depot, near the motorway. Controversially, the surrounding area is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. However, a Sita spokesman confirmed that the facility would have a low visual impact because there will be tree screening.
Gloucestershire Friends of the Earth spokesman Alan Pinder confirmed that the area had needed something like this for some time. He said: Im desperate for this facility to happen - it would be fantastic because putting food into landfill is a terrible thing to do.
"The council has been talking about such a facility for years but planning permission has never been given. At the moment South Gloucestershire doesnt collect food waste and we have fortnightly collections in which people put food waste. So in hot weather it smells and there are flies.
Commenting on the next stage of the process a Sita spokesman said: "There is now a period of public consultation and we will soon invite members of the public to see our proposal to develop a new in-vessel composting (IVC) facility. If we receive planning permission, this facility will provide a significant boost to recycling in South Gloucestershire and will help us to reach the county's 50% recycling target by 2011."