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Veolia submits plans for "crucial" new depot

Veolia Environmental Services (VES) has submitted plans for what it terms a crucial new waste transfer and recycling depot for East Sussex.

An application has been made to the county council, which if approved will handle up to 85,000 tonnes of household recyclables and waste a year in Pebsham.

This new facility would give a critical boost to the countys need to meet recycling, recovery and landfill reduction targets, providing  a long term waste transfer facility as part of the new waste infrastructure planned for the area.

It is planned to be operational by April 2007 and will take household recycling and residual waste collected locally in Hastings and the surrounding area. This will then be bulked for onward transportation to recycling companies and for energy recovery in the form of electricity.

VES South Downs managing director Chris Maltbaek said: The option of landfill is fast running out and there is no do nothing option. This facility will enable us to increase recycling and to start to recover energy from waste that is not recycled.

In this way, we will manage waste more sustainably, reduce disposal of waste to landfill and help the councils in their critical efforts to reach their targets.

The facilitys proposed location is the former Reprotech RDF plant building which historically processed similar amounts of waste materials.

Situated on Freshfields Road, the site is already allocated for waste management uses within the adopted waste local plan and fits well with the countryside park proposals for the area.

The plans also include relocating the areas refuse and recycling collection fleet from its current home at the Bulverhythe Depot, reducing waste related traffic using the A259 coast road.

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