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Viridor to extend Bury landfill site

Viridor has been given permission to extend its landfill site in Pilsworth South, Bury, to dispose of an additional 1.8 million cubic metres of residual waste.

Bury Council’s planning control committee agreed to Viridor’s request to extend the site vertically and laterally following recommendations in the Draft Greater Manchester Waste Development Plan document. This identified the site as a future strategic waste disposal site to serve Greater Manchester, leading to a need for extra capacity.

The operational period of the facility will be extended by approximately four-and-a-half to five years, based on an agreed throughput, which is controlled by the site’s environmental permit.

Viridor planning adviser Peter Wishart said: “We are obviously very pleased with the decision of the Bury planning committee, which has shown unanimous support for the proposals which conform to development plan policies.”

As part of the approval, Viridor has agreed to financially contribute to developing a business case for a heat pipe line, which would run into the town centre. Landfill gas is already captured on-site to generate renewable energy. The waste management company will also restore the site into an area for informal recreational use once it has been filled.

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