A waste specialist consortium led by waste firm Irish Recycling Services has submitted a planning application to build a £40 million energy-from-waste plant on the outskirts of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The application has been submitted to Northern Irelands Planning Service [an agency within the Department of the Environment]. If the application gets approval the waste firm claims that it will be the first EfW plant to be built in Northern Ireland.
Irish Recycling Services managing director Jim Lynas said: Our proposal is to provide a state-of-the-art energy recovery facility to deal with waste that cannot be recycled, waste such as commercial/industrial and municipal solid waste generated in Belfast and the surrounding area.
The proposed plant will comply fully with the European Union Waste Incineration Directive and be subject to stringent and continuous monitoring and testing procedure.
The facility will process up to 140,000 tonnes of waste per year.
Lynas explained: Our facility will be completely enclosed, so odours, noise, dust would be minimal and with the building operating under negative pressure it will prevent emissions escaping.
The £40 million investment will initially provide heat to proposed horticultural and data processing facilities. The facility will also provide employment during the construction and operation of the plant and allied facilities.
Lynas expects the plant to be fully operational in two years time if planning permission is granted.