Proposed New Facility To Improve Recycling & Cut Costs For Aberdeen

27-11-14-sita-logoSITA has submitted a Proposal of Application Notice with regards to its proposal to create a new Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) and Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) centre near Aberdeen.

Plans are being developed for a new waste management facility to recycle and process the majority of Aberdeen’s household waste in a bid to increase recycling and reduce the city’s £5m landfill tax bill. If the Altens East facility gets the go-ahead, it is envisaged that it will be open during 2016, significantly increasing recycling, reducing landfill and creating new jobs both during the construction and operational phases.

The development site will also include a replacement depot for the council’s waste collection vehicles, which is currently located on Powis Terrace.

The plans include a new MRF for mixed recyclables collected from homes and businesses in the area, while the RDF facility would process residual waste to extract metals. The remaining material would then be securely baled and stored prior to onward transfer out of the area, where it would be diverted from landfill and put to better use through the recovery of energy.

The plan to develop these new facilities will help Aberdeen – which currently has a recycling rate of 37 percent – to meet its obligations under Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan, which seeks to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by increasing recycling rates and making the most efficient use of resources.

As part of its pre-application process, SITA UK will be holding public exhibitions in January and February 2015 to enable people to find out more about the plans and get involved in the process. Members of the local community will be asked to give their opinions on suggestions for the site before the plans are finalised and the application is submitted in early spring.

Colin Forshaw, SITA UK’s Operation’s Manager in Aberdeen, said he was looking forward to working with the community on the plans. “The issue of how we deal with Aberdeen City’s waste is something that affects us all and is something that we need to address if we are to meet the Scottish Government’s challenging targets on landfill diversion,” he said.

“We appreciate people will want to know more and may be keen to get involved in the process, so we very much look forward to meeting with the community in the coming months and explaining our plans in more detail.”

The four-hectare site has been chosen as the preferred location due to its proximity to the established industrial area, is some distance from homes and is able to comfortably house the proposed facilities, according to SITA UK.


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