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Plans to turn former coal sites into waste facilities

UK Coal sites could be put back to use as waste sites, according to Peel Environmental.

It is looking at 11 sites owned by UK Coal in the North of England and the Midlands which “present great opportunities” for the development of waste sites.

Of the 11 sites only the Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire is thought to be still in operation.

The sites could be used to develop anything from AD to EfW facilities but it is too early in the day to call. Peel Environmental has already revealed plans to develop an AD and in-vessel  composting site at the UK Coal site in the North Selby, Yorkshire.

Peel Environmental Director, Myles Kitcher, said:  “The UK needs to invest in waste infrastructure development if we are to manage our waste more sustainably, provide renewable sources of energy and, generally, contribute to the low carbon economy.”

Kitcher said that no plans have been finalised or properly developed as the company is currently researching feasibility. He added that before any work could be carried out the company would consult with the local community.

UK Coal, as a publically listed company, has to get the permission of its shareholders to develop waste management facilities on its waste sites. It won’t hear back from shareholders until the middle of next month.

UK Coal Estates Director Eddie Peat said the proposals would not “have a negative impact” on his company’s existing operations and could actually provide “benefit” in some cases.

He added: “Through our experience of working with Peel on other projects, we are confident that they are capable of promoting effective development proposals and, ultimately, solutions on any of our sites for which they consider it feasible.”

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