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Sita files proposal for Aberdeen MRF

Sita UK has submitted initial proposals for a materials recycling facility and a refuse derived fuel centre in Aberdeen, as the council plans to switch to commingled collections.

The company intends to build the facilities at the Altens Industrial Estate on a four-hectare site chosen because it is near to the industrial area and distant from homes. If approved, the plants could be open during 2016.

A Proposal of Application Notice filed to Aberdeen City Council outlines how the Sita intends to consult with the public. The council has allocated up to £23m for the project.

Exhibitions will be held in January and February and members of the local community will be asked to give their opinions before a planning application is submitted in early spring.

The company said the project will help Aberdeen meet its obligations under Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan, which includes a target to recycle 70% of waste and send less than 5% to landfill by 2025.

Aberdeen currently landfills around 63% of its waste, which last year cost the city £5m in landfill tax, according to Sita.

Sita’s proposal followed the announcement that Aberdeen City Council is planning to switch to commingled collections in 2015, despite new regulations in Scotland recommending the source segregation of materials.

Peter Lawrence, waste and recycling manager at Aberdeen City Council, told MRW that commingling was the only way for the local authority to comply with the regulations and provide all households with the same collection service. The system is expected to treble recycling capacity.

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