Wate industry invests in premier league plants

New investment in the waste transfer and handling plants needed to handle the growing rubbish mountain and translate ambitious recycling targets into action on the ground have been hitting the target, kicking off in North London

In one of the biggest football-related transfers of the season, the London Borough of Islington is finding a new home for waste operations which are to make way for Arsenal FC's planned new 60,000 seater stadium at Ashburton Grove.

The way is now clear for the council to grant planning permission to the development proposals, which cover three separate sites, all within Islington's boundaries - Highbury, Ashburton Grove and a large area to the west of Holloway Road, known as the Lough Road site.

In addition to the new stadium, the proposals would provide over 2,000 new and refurbished homes, a sports and community centre, community health facilities, leisure and publicly accessible open space plus a larger waste and recycling centre.
One of several major waste industry developments announced in recent weeks, the new waste and recycling centre in Lough Road will be operated by London Waste, a 50/50 partnership between Sita and North London Waste Authority.

Since the plans were first mooted Arsenal has been working closely with the waste operator to install a state-of-the-art waste facility on a derelict site in nearby Lough Road. Located next to a major railway line, the new centre offers the potential to transport waste by rail, which means that the facility will be equipped with compactors. London Waste states that "whilst complying with all the relevant environmental standards, the new three-level facility will also be fully covered and will promote recycling as the first option before other disposal methods are explored."

Nationwide development
At Sevenoaks in Kent, Cory Environmental has won approval from the county council for its plans to develop an integrated waste management facility. The 20 hectare site, known as Greatness Quarry, is a former Gault clay quarry that had been used to produce clay for brickmaking. Cory will progressively restore the void with locally generated waste remaining after recycling which will be a feature of the operation. Aggregates, soils and green waste composting will be recycled on site, with some of the recycled material used on site for restoration.

It is anticipated that the site will take around 185,000 tonnes a year of locally collected commercial, industrial and household waste and that landfill operation will last 10 years. Currently, much of Kent's waste is transported out of the county.

Liquid waste treatment
Across the Kent border East Sussex County Council recently granted planning permission to Lloyds Environmental Waste Management Ltd to develop part of its 22-acre site near Lewes. The company expects to create up to £2 million of investment, which will be used to provide both a state-of-the-art liquid waste treatment plant and new business units at South Chailey.

The liquid treatment plant, stated to be one of the most advanced of its kind, will accept sewage, food and oily waste material. Once treated, the plant will discharge clear water into a pond on the site before passing into a local stream.

According to Hugh Neatherway, Technical Compliance Manager at Lloyds Environmental, the technology involved meets the very highest standards of safety. The company states: "The plant incorporates a physical barrier which will be permanently present between the treatment and discharge areas. This will consist of a membrane bioreactor which will prevent the passing through of any harmful bacteria and suspended solids, thus ensuring the maximum possible protection."

Lloyds believes that the new plant will benefit the region overall, as it will not only provide investment and jobs, but it will also equip the whole of Sussex with its first liquid waste treatment facility. Until now, liquid waste in the area has been transported to sites as far away as Southampton and Maidstone.

In the West Country, waste management and quarrying group, Roseland Group of Companies, has welcomed a decision by the Government Office for the South West to lift a Direction it imposed on Cornwall County Council, which prevented it from issuing planning consent for Roseland's application for an integrated waste management facility to be built at Lean Quarry, Liskeard.
The Government's decision, five months in the making, clears the way for Cornwall CC to approve Roseland's plans, the company states.

The development involves a plant on a 36-acre site which would tackle the county's commercial waste by increasing recycling and using residual waste to restore the quarry to woodland and pasture. Landfill gas would also be used to generate power for the quarry plant.

Richard Crocker, Company Secretary at Roseland, stated: "Last year we recycled 25% of all the waste we received. This year we will recycle 33%. This decision will help us improve this performance further. We are helping the County Council to solve the problems of waste in Cornwall by tackling non-domestic waste at no cost to the taxpayer."

Recycling initiatives
Canadian recycling experts visited a recently opened MRF in Exeter, which represents a £1.7million investment , as part of a Valpak sponsored research programme looking at ways of increasing recycling from UK households.

The research is being carried out by David Davies Associates. Valpak is carrying out a series of exploratory meetings with local authorities, including Exeter City Council which runs the Marsh Barton recycling plant.. The MRF has the capacity to process 36,000 tonnes a year of all recyclables except glass.

Maintaining the momentum on the recycling front, WRAP (the Waste Resources Action Programme) has set out an action plan aimed at doubling plastic bottle recycling levels in the UK. The driving force will be a major capital grant competition to create automated sorting capacity to generate an additional reprocessing capacity for 20,000 tonnes of plastic bottles a year. It is intended that the new facilities will come on stream in 2003, with specified intermediate tonnages until full capacity is reached by 2005.



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