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Rail waste transfer plans approved

Plans for a rail waste transfer station have been approved by local councillors in Merseyside.

The proposed facility at Knowley Industrial Park, Kirby, would enable 500,000 tonnes of residual waste a year to be transported by rail to an energy-from-waste incinerator in Teesside.

The application forms part of SITA’s bid to win the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s resource recovery contract. SITA is shortlisted against Covanta Energy for the £400m PFI contract, with a preferred bidder expected to be announced by May 2012.

Corrina Scott-Roy, planning manager at SITA, said: “Our proposal would utilise an existing rail transfer facility and with some minor alterations provide an efficient and sustainable method of transporting waste to an energy-from-waste plant which would generate heat and electricity in Teesside. 

“This would mean that 500,000 tonnes of waste is put to good use rather than being sent to landfill.”

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