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Next steps for Oxwellmains EFW

January 19, 2012

Viridor, Scotland’s leading recycling, renewable energy and sustainable waste partner, today (18th January 2012) confirmed the next steps in its plans to develop ‘next generation’ zero waste infrastructure at its existing Oxwellmains waste treatment facility in East Lothian.

The company, which secured consent from Scottish Ministers in December 2010 for a £200m, 300,000 tonne energy from waste facility, will consult on plans, ahead of a formal application, to normalise planning conditions associated with the application in line with Scottish Government policy.  Specifically the application will seek to remove an “artificial” restriction on the geographic areas from where non-recyclable residual waste may be received.

Commenting, Martin Grey, Viridor’s Scottish Communications Manager, said:“Approval by Scottish Ministers for Viridor’s £200m modern energy from waste hub marked a key milestone in Scottish zero waste policy.  It recognised that along with waste reduction, reuse and enhanced recycling, there was an urgent requirement for ‘next generation’ technology to transform the non-recyclable waste that until now would have gone to landfill into a valuable renewable energy resource.

“Viridor is committed to delivering this vital zero waste infrastructure and has been working to discharge planning conditions ahead of commencing development.  As part of this, Viridor is seeking to remove the artificial boundary on waste reception, in line with fresh policy from Scottish Government and SEPA and will shortly begin a twelve week consultation with local stakeholders.

“The application will seek to normalise waste reception criteria for the facility which will sustainably manage residual waste from commercial and public sector partners, encompassing central Scotland.  This is line with both national policy and indeed reflects East Lothian’s own recognition of the inappropriateness of such boundaries.

“We look forward to consulting on our proposals in the near future ahead of an anticipated start on site later this year.” 

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