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Lancashire stops EfW service

Two Lancashire energy-from-waste (EfW) plants are closing as part of a county council bid to save £8.5m.

Farington and Thornton EfWs will be converted to waste transfer stations to store residual waste before it is sent on for processing or landfill.

Global Renewables Lancashire Operations (GRLOL), the waste services company owned by the council, said any EfW-related plants and equipment would be mothballed.

It expects the changes to its services, which are set to come into force on 1 April, to lead to 250 redundancies.

In-vessel composting processes have ceased at Thornton and will end at Farington (pictured) on 1 April. Waste minimisation and communications services provided by GRLOL have been scheduled to stop on 31 March.

No impact on the recycling of materials collected at doorstep as a result of the changes has been predicted because MRF services at Farington will be continued “subject to ongoing review”.

The £8.5m savings predicted were based on landfilling of all residual waste, but the council said it planned to procure alternative processing and treatment options which could potentially save more money.

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