A proposed new Energy from Waste (EfW) facility could divert up to 60,000 tonnes of residual waste from landfill in Perth and Kinross every year.
SITA UK is to submit a planning application to build the plant on land adjacent to the existing waste facilities at Binn Farm near Perth.
If given the go-ahead, it is estimated the site will be fully operational sometime between 2011 and 2013, generating enough electricity to power 7,900 homes and annually providing 13,800 tonnes of residual ash that could be used as an aggregate for road building.
SITA UK general manager with responsibility for Scotland John Grainger said: “This proposal could be a key part of delivering a sustainable integrated waste management solution for the council and people of Kinross.
“The council and local residents are already well ahead of the national recycling average, but there is still a real need to invest in new facilities to divert waste that cannot be recycled away from landfill. Building an EfW facility will not divert the company or the council from meeting our key recycling goals.”
The application also includes proposals for a Materials Recycling Facility with a 16,000 tonnes per annum capacity for the separation and packaging of kerbside collected recyclables.
A concept master plan illustrating the proposals and possible arrangement of future facilities has been developed with the application due to be submitted to Perth and Kinross Council on June 16.
Grainger added: “Naturally, local people will be interested in these proposals and that is why we will undertake extensive local consultation to explain the plans to help local people understand the benefits of EfW. This is just the start of that process.”
In their strategic outline case for the future of waste management in the locality, the Tayside authorities (including Perth and Kinross) highlighted the development of a new EfW plant as a preferred option for the area.