Green Party MSP Robin Harper has mocked Viridors revised proposals to develop a new energy from waste (EfW) facility at its Oxwellmains landfill site in Scotland.
Viridor submitted revised proposals to East Lothian Council last week to reduce the size and scale of the facility, after listening to residents concerns about the plant during public consultations.
Harper said that the Scottish Government should be investing in recycling more waste rather than burning it.
He told MRW: If it is not burnt, it can either be composted or has other possibilities. Basically I do not see centralised large scale waste to energy plants as anything more than a wasteful commitment to a long term diversion from what we should really be after, zero waste.
In response to Harpers comments, Viridor external affairs manager Dan Cooke said: While zero waste is a worthy aspiration, the practicalities and realities of recycling and efficient resource use demand the provision of new and appropriate facilities. As one of Scotlands recycling service provides, Viridor recycles high volumes of a wide range of materials for our local authority and business customers.
Scotland also faces challenging EU landfill diversion targets and the provision of a modestly-scaled EfW combined heat and power facility will be a significant step towards greater resource efficiency.
Image:Green MSP Robin Harper