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News round-up 8/1


 Solihull EfW plans accepted; Facility changes hands; Guernsey looks to recovery; Preston set to charge for green waste

Solihull EfW plans accepted

Plans to build a recycling plant at Meriden Quarry in the West Midlands have been given the go-ahead by Solihull Council’s planning committee.

The scheme for the site off Cornets End Lane, which was discussed at a meeting on 6 January, was recommended for approval subject to a number of conditions.

It will bring approximately 200 extra jobs to the area during the estimated eight months it would take to build and a total of 20 permanent jobs once it is up and running.

Solihull Observer

Facility changes hands

A Gateshead waste recycling facility, Derwenthaugh Eco Parc (pictured), has been sold to the Catfoss Group, a group of companies which holds manufacturing, construction and property development interests.

Bilfinger GVA’s Newcastle Industrial Agency sold the facility to the Yorkshire-based group on behalf of Graphite Resources.

Located to the west of the Metro Centre and adjacent to the A1 western bypass, the facility initially opened in 2010.


Guernsey looks to recovery

Plans for a transfer station for the export of Guernsey’s rubbish have been submitted.

The building capable of handling 32,500 tonnes of waste a year, and turning much of it it into a fuel, will be built at Longue Hougue, St Sampson.

Currently the island’s waste goes to landfill, but a new strategy of increased recycling and exporting the remainder was agreed in 2012.

BBC News

Preston set to charge for green waste

Councillors in Preston are considering levying a £30 per year charge on garden waste.

Plans drawn up by the city council show how the new charge, which would fall to £25 if paid via direct debit, would raise £350,000 in the first year of operation and rise to £519,000 in the second year.

A statement on the latest government funding settlement said: “Our expenditure will exceed our income by approximately £4m per annum and the council must take steps to address that situation. This is in addition to the £3.6m per annum of savings we will have delivered by the end of 2017.”


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