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SITA UK submits application for resource recovery park

A planning application has been made to Perth and Kinross Council (PKC) for the proposed resource recovery park near Glenfarg.

SITA UK has put forward its plans to build a 60,000 tonnes per year Energy from Waste (EfW) plant and a materials recovery facility that will be able to separate and package 16,000 tonnes of kerbside collected dry recyclables annually.

If the proposal is given the go-ahead, the two new facilities will be built adjacent to existing waste operations at Binn Farm and up to 60,000 tonnes of residual waste per year could be diverted from landfill by 2013.

There remains a pressing need for recovery facilities in the area. Although the council collected over 100,000 tonnes of waste last year, achieving a recycling and composting rate of 33%, the vast majority was sent to landfill.

With levels rising by two to three percent each year, it is becoming increasingly vital to find new ways of dealing with this residual waste that cannot be recycled or composted.

The development of an EfW plant was highlighted as a preferred option in the Strategic Outline Case for the Future of Waste Management in the Area presented to the Scottish Executive by the Tayside authorities which includes PKC.

Furthermore, the council’s Local Plan identifies the Glenfarg/Binn Farm site as a suitable site for resource recovery related facilities, which is why SITA UK is proposing the development in this area.

SITA UK general manager with responsibility for Scotland John Grainger said: “There is a real need for new waste management facilities in Perth and Kinross and I believe the proposals contained in our planning application can provide a solution to the areas waste management needs for years to come.”

The company is already in contact with community councils nearest to Binn Farm and a concept master plan illustrating the proposals and possible arrangement of future facilities has been developed.

A public consultation and communication initiatives are planned over the coming months to explain its proposals in detail and help people understand how the new facilities will work.

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