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Sita looks to develop Lancashire waste site

Sita UK is preparing to apply to develop a site in Lancashire and create 30 jobs at a cost of £5m.

A planning application is expected to be lodged with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council towards the end of the month.

The company says the former Wolstenholme International Site on Lower Eccleshill Road has been identified in the emerging Lancashire Minerals and Waste Development Framework as suitable for large scale built waste management facilities.

Sita says the investment would allow the former Inkworks building to be redeveloped as a MRF, capable of sorting and baling up to 35,000 tonnes per annum of mixed dry recyclables such as paper, card, cans and plastics collected from local businesses.

Planning consent would allow all materials delivered to the site to be unloaded, sorted and baled within the MRF building. Only the tipping of glass into a specially constructed glass holding bay would take place outdoors.

These baled materials would then be held within a second existing building on site before being sent on to a variety of materials reprocessors.

Business development manager, Martin Cracknell said “The cost of developing this new facility is around £5m and will create approximately 30 jobs. It would offer an essential service for local businesses, presenting them with the means to reduce their impact on the environment through increased recycling and the diversion of waste away from landfill.”

The announcement comes days after the company submitted a planning application for a recycling and waste management facility in Birmingham that would divert about 170,000 tonnes of waste from landfill.

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