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Planning permission won for £80m facility in Wakefield

VT Environmental Engineering (VTEE) has secured planning permission for an £80 million facility in Wakefield that will handle up to 240,000 tonnes of waste a year. 

The company, which is part of the VT Group, won the contract for Wakefields £700 million, 25 year private finance initiative contract earlier this year.

The facility, planned to open in 2011, will be built at the South Kirkby Business Park and will include:

·         A household waste recycling centre
·         A visitor/education centre 
·         A green waste composting facility
·         A materials recovery facility
·         An autoclave plant 
·         An anaerobic digestion plant
VTEE managing director Dave Hobbs said: This facility will: increase recycling from 26% in 2007/8 to at least 52% by 2015; generate 2.5MW of energy; and divert approximately 85,000 tonnes of rubbish from landfill a year.

Wakefield Council Cabinet Member Clive Hudson said: Granting planning permission for the recycling park at the former South Kirkby site is a big step forward in enabling the council to deliver its municipal waste management strategy.


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