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Sita has change of heart on Scottish incinerator plans

Sita UK has abandoned plans to build a 60,000-tonne incinerator in Scotland and is replacing it with a gasification plant of the same capacity.

The waste management company was granted planning permission in 2007 for an incinerator at the Binn Eco Innovation Park, near Glenfarg, Scotland. It later resubmitted plans to Perth and Kinross Council that featured gasification instead, which have now been granted permission.

The energy-from-waste facility will supply enough electricity for the equivalent of 8,000 homes as well as create 25 jobs. Most of the material processed will be from households, with a small amount of business waste. Metals will be removed and recycled.

Sita UK strategic development manager Martin Cracknell said: “Gasification is one of a number of emerging waste technologies that have become available for use in waste-related projects. 

“The replacement of the previously proposed EfW with a gasification technology is a reflection of this change in knowledge since the original application and the nature of the batch gasification process proposed, which is better suited to smaller scale, community waste treatment solutions than other forms of EfW.

“The construction requirements for the gasification facility will be reduced, compared to the original plan for the EfW, which will ultimately result in cost savings. Those savings will be passed onto the customer via the gate fees charged for waste being brought onto the site.” 

Sita will now apply to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency for a licence to operate the gasification facility before development work can start.

Cracknell added: “There is a real need for new waste management facilities. I believe the proposals contained in our planning application can meet the needs of the Perth and Kinross area, while also meeting the impending challenges of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan.

“Gasification is emerging as an effective way to manage waste at a community scale, recovering energy from residual waste that would traditionally have been landfilled, and helping to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.”

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