Viridor has submitted a planning proposal to build a mechanical and biological treatment plant in Cheshire as part of the PFI contract on offer to treat its household waste.
Competing against Resource Recovery Solutions for the 25-year contract on offer from Chester West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils, Viridors plans will see the MBT plant processing all 200,000-230,000 tonnes of residual waste produced by Cheshire. RRS plans to build a gasification plant in Wincham.
Viridor development manager Symon Grasby said: We are confident that our plans put forward a robust and sustainable solution to help Cheshire maximise recycling and recovery and reduce the amount of waste it currently sends to landfill.
We have deliberately excluded the combustion of waste be it through incineration or any other technology from our plans in Lostock Gralam, and I believe that by utilising the consented Runcorn power plant and rail service we can provide an excellent solution to meet Cheshires waste needs.
The plant will be built on a redundant brown-field site, previously part of a chemical plant at Lostock Works in Lostock Gralam.
Recycling services already provided by the council will remain unchanged, as the facility will deal with waste that cannot go into recycling bins. Any recyclable items in this waste will be recovered first and then solid recovered fuel will be created from the remaining waste. This will then be transported by train to a purpose built gasification station at Runcorn, which is already under construction. Over 100,000 tonnes of recovered material is expected to be moved from Cheshire to Runcorn.