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News round-up 3/4

Yorkshire EfW backed; Viridor fined; smelly landfill reopens; St Helens EfW rejected

Planners back Yorkshire EfW

Plans for a £120 million energy-from-waste complex in Keighley, Bradford, are due to be given the green light.

The scheme will go before Bradford councillors with a recommendation from planners that it be approved.

Under the plans three plants for recycling waste would be constructed on a derelict former gasworks site by the Halton Group.

Viridor fined after allowing litter spill

Waste company Viridor has been fined after pleading guilty to allowing litter to blow from one of its vehicles while travelling along the A24.

The prosecution took place at Crawley Magistrates Court on 26 March.

Andrew Baldwin, Horsham District Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “Horsham District Council is taking a robust approach to this. Vehicles carrying loads to and from waste disposal sites will be subject to inspections.”

Odorous landfill site near Swindon reopens

A landfill site near Swindon which was shut for being too smelly has reopened.

Hills Waste Solutions temporarily closed the Chapel Farm site after receiving 180 complaints last month.

The firm said it had installed an extra 14 gas extraction wells which has resulted in a “significant drop in complaints” about waste odours.

The Environment Agency said it had asked Hills to install “additional gas control” on another part of the site which would be completed this week.

Waste plant plan axed by St Helens councillors

Plans to build an EfW plant capable of burning 90,000 tonnes of waste a year have been rejected by St Helens Council.  

The authority’s planning committee unanimously rejected the plans put forward by Oaktree Environmental.


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