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Residents express concern over industrial composting area

Residents living near a landfill site in York are concerned over plans to develop a new industrial composting area.

Yorwaste, the North Yorkshire recycling company, plans to develop the facility at the Harewood Whin site in Rufforth, which already deals with all landfill waste from York. The company claims that it needs more facilities due to an increase in green waste processed at the site.

But a BBC report claimed that residents are worried about an increase in traffic and noise.

Residents are also concerned that the facility will be built on green belt land and damage the local environment.

Since plans were unveiled both Rufforth and Knapton parish councils have objected to the proposals.

Speaking to MRW Yorwaste recycling manager John Miller said: Rufforth & Knapton parish council has been fully involved in consultation regarding Yorwastes proposal, prior to the application being submitted.

The proposed development at Harewood Whin is strategically very important to York as residents are now recycling more green waste than ever before and there is a requirement for the new composting facility. The Yorwaste contract with City of York Council to compost green waste requires that any facility must be within a certain distance from the city.

This has ruled out many potential options to site the facility elsewhere, as the Council seeks to deal locally with the waste generated in the city.

The proposed site is within the green belt, but Yorwaste believes it is justified, given the importance of providing sufficient recycling facilities to a city that has enthusiastically embraced the recycling ethos.

A spokeswoman for the City of York Council said that all planning applications would be considered on February 28 and each will be considered on individual merit.

Image: Yorwaste image

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