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Suez ready with Darwen EfW plan

Suez Recycling and Recovery UK is to submit a planning application for an energy-from-waste facility in Darwen, Lancashire, capable of processing 500,000 tonnes a year of waste.

It would take residual waste and process enough electricity from it to power more than 60,000 homes.

A public consultation on Suez’s proposed plant (pictured) runs until 8 March.

Chief executive David Palmer-Jones said: “Suez has strong links to Lancashire and therefore we are delighted to be putting forward a proposal that would see us continuing to significantly invest in the area, provide a huge boost to the local economy of Blackburn with Darwen and help to reduce the region’s reliance on landfill.”

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council executive member for regeneration Phil Riley said: “All the usual concerns such as extra traffic are being carefully considered and there are viable options for improving the nearby road infrastructure.

“We look forward to seeing the proposals develop following Suez’s public consultation, which will give access to the facts. Following that there will be a full planning process to go through.”

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