Premier Waste Management has received Government approval for a third tower at its bio-processing facility which turns biodegradable materials into soil enhancing bio-compost, in Thornley, County Durham.
The 60,000 tonne Premier Advanced Recycling Centre (PARC) uses in-vessel composting technology to speed up the breakdown of black bin waste. Collected by Durham County Council, the waste will come from Easington, Peterlee and East Durham City.
Three towers used in the treatment have now been authorised to process the waste, while the PARC also separates out materials such as metals, glass and plastic, which are then recycled.
Premier divisional managing director Ashley Cooper said: “We have implemented process developments to improve and enhance the performance of PARC, and we are pleased that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Environment Agency (EA), having issued the necessary authorisations, have confirmed that these enable the plant to fully meet all regulatory requirements.
“The PARC system reflects the company’s principle that waste is a valuable resource, and we are committed to ensuring that this technology delivers the highest quality reusable products possible. We are therefore pleased to be in a position to move the technology forward.”
In addition, the EA has given Premier permission to use the bio-compost produced at the PARC in landfill restoration works at its Joint Stocks site, also in County Durham. Premier expects to use 5,000 tonnes of the bio-compost as a soil supplement this year. Because the waste is not pre-sorted before it is made into compost, the bio-compost cannot be spread on agricultural sites.
The PARC will divert up to 75% of the area’s waste away from landfill.