West Sussex County Council’s Planning Committee has granted Grundon Waste Management planning permission for its new Circular Technology Park at Ford in West Sussex.
The permission allows for the redevelopment of a brownfield 6.5 hectare site, formerly used as a block making plant, creating an industry-leading recycling and recovery facility.
The new site at Ford will focus on technologies that will process up to 200,000 tonnes of materials per year.
This will make a significant contribution towards West Sussex County Council’s commitment to zero waste to landfill.
The diversion of waste resources from landfill will prevent the equivalent of 28,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide and methane, being generated per annum – a figure, which is comparable to the emissions of 13,000 cars being removed from the roads each year.
Grundon’s deputy chairman Neil Grundon – “Our new site at Ford will provide a facility that embraces these guiding principles and help West Sussex to ‘close the loop’ in the circle and achieve its target of zero waste to landfill by 2030″
The new facility will include a Materials Recovery Facility, enabling 60,000 tonnes of materials such as paper, cardboard, glass and metals to be recycled; and an Advanced Thermal Treatment Facility, which will convert residual waste that cannot be recycled or recovered, into energy in the form of heat and electricity. This will generate clean, sustainable energy for 29,000 homes, as well as the potential to supply heat to neighbouring industrial properties.
Speaking after the planning permission was granted, Grundon’s deputy chairman Neil Grundon said: “We strongly believe that the new facility will champion the recycling and recovery technologies.
“Our new site at Ford will provide a facility that embraces these guiding principles and help West Sussex to ‘close the loop’ in the circle and achieve its target of zero waste to landfill by 2030.”