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Sita UK proposes new Severnside energy-from-waste plant

Recycling and resource management firm Sita UK may develop a new energy-from-waste plant in Severnside, South Gloucestershire.

Built on a brownfield site, the proposed facility would divert up to 400,000 tonnes of non-recycled commercial and industrial waste each year. Household waste would not be included, although this may change in the future.

Sita UK planning and property manager Gareth Philips said: We are currently at a very early stage in developing our proposals and expect to submit a final planning application in autumn 2009 at the earliest following an extensive consultation programme with the local community.

The proposed technology would burn waste to produce steam to drive turbines generating electricity. The optimum waste capacity would have the ability to generate enough electricity for 50,000 homes half the households in South Gloucestershire.

If plans go ahead, Sita UK would see the redevelopment of an eight hectare brownfield site as well as improving the existing railway line to transport waste to and from the site by rail.

Meetings with the local public over the proposed plant are to take place in July.

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