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Wiltshire council approves £15m mechanical biological treatment plant

Plans for a £15 million mechanical biological treatment plant in Westbury, Wiltshire, which will produce recovered fuel, have been approved by the county council. Facility developer and county waste contractor Hills Group said it hopes the 45,000 tonnes a year plant will be operational by 2011.

Hills Group chairman Alan Pardoe said: This plant is a key element of Wiltshires overall war on waste and means that we can look forward to the day when at least 85 per cent of the countys waste can be diverted from landfill. It adds up to a much more sustainable future.

The original plan was for the refuse-derived fuel to be used at the Westbury cement works. But the recent decision by Lafarge Cement to mothball the works during the recession means that the fuel will now be transported elsewhere.

Fuels of this type that reduce both waste and CO2 have a big future in the UK.  We are already in discussions with other end-users and are confident that other outlets will be found for this fuel, said Pardoe.  

In addition to the MBT plant, the groups plans include a resource recovery centre at Northacre and a £1 million household recycling centre at Westbury.


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