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Preferred energy-from-waste sites revealed for Merseyside

Two potential sites for large energy-from-waste facilities have been identified by the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority. The MWDA revealed its two preferred EfW locations in a public consultation response.

One site is close to the junction of the A580 and M57, inside Liverpool Council boundaries on the East Lancs road. The other is near the junction of the M57 and the M62 within Knowsley Council boundaries. MWDA said the sites were ideal because of good transport links and their proximity to household waste arisings.

An MWDA spokesman said: The Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnerships requirement for sites for large municipal solid waste residual waste treatment is for two sites greater than eight hectares. Based on the MSW waste arisings it would be beneficial to locate such facilities within the vicinity of the intersection of the A580 and M57 and the intersection of the M57 and the M62.

Local councillors have criticised MWDA for identifying the sites before a final decision has been made.

Councillor Ron Round told the Liverpool Daily Post: All sites across Merseyside are being considered in great detail through an agreed process.

We are nowhere near the point of identifying suitable sites and therefore the MWDA statement is ridiculous and flawed at this stage.

Consultation organisers, the Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service, told MRW that 45 sites being considered for facilities. Ten of these would be large enough to house EfW plant and the remaining 35 would be for smaller facilities such as waste transfer stations and household waste recycling centres. MEAS, which is working on behalf of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral councils, will publish its final report in four to six weeks.

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