SITA gasification plant gets go-ahead in Scotland

A gasification facility will be built in Scotland after SITA UK's proposals for the energy recovery plant were given the green light by Perth & Kinross Council.

The facility will be based at Binn Eco Innovation Park, near Glenfarg, and will have capacity to treat 60,000 tonnes of municipal waste a year, together with a small amount of trade waste.

The plant will generate enough electricity to supply the equivalent of 8,000 homes and as part of the process, metals will be removed and recycled.

The proposal forms part of wider plans to develop the Binn Eco Innovation Park. Led by Binn Skips, it is hoped that other sustainable waste treatment facilities and clean technology businesses will also be established on the site.

SITA’s strategic development manager Martin Cracknell said the gasification facility would replace previous plans for an incinerator at the site, which was granted permission by the council in 2007.

He said: “Gasification is emerging as an effective way to manage waste at a community scale, recovering energy from residual waste that would traditionally have been landfilled and helping to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.”

Maxine Perella

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