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MBT partnership submit plan for Leicestershire

Lafarge Aggregates and New Earth Solutions have submitted a joint planning application for a 30,000 to 50,000 tonnes a year mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility at Cotesbach, in Leicestershire.

The plant will be built at an existing quarry and integrated waste management and recycling facility owned by Lafarge Aggregates. It will provide enclosed recycling and composting as per the five-year contract awarded by Leicestershire County Council at the beginning of May.

Material processing could begin in 2009 and Lafarge senior planning and estates director Tim Deal said: We hope that planning permission will be granted in time to start construction in autumn 2008, so we can bring the plant online approximately 12 months later.

New Earth Solutions will provide the technology for the plant, where recyclates will be removed first then an enclosed aerobic composting process will stabilise the organic fraction. The developers said that this means that most of the organic content can be diverted from landfill and used for landfill restoration.

The council said it expects the process will reduce waste sent to landfill in Leicestershire before a new large-scale waste management scheme is introduced around 2015.

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