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IVC site blight could soon be over

A waste company blighted by aborted attempts to site a £10 million in-vessel composting (IVC) plant in South Gloucestershire has proposed a site next to the A46 near Tormarton.

Sitas plans to build the plant for the local authority have been dogged by residents objections, rejected planning applications, a lack of available land and in one case the withdrawal of a land owner from a deal.

Company 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 speaking generally. This is going to be a big
issue for the whole sub region.

The IVC plant has the capacity to process up to 30,000 tonnes of garden, cardboard and food waste. Referring to the proposed site Robertson said: The planning application has not gone in yet. Sita will consult with the locals first then put the application in by the end of July, I expect.
If the application is approved the facility could begin processing by the end of 2009. 

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