Viridor To Seek 10-Year Greater Manchester Landfill Extension

landfillFollowing a public exhibition to consult with local residents, Viridor is to apply for a 10-year extension of its Greater Manchester-based landfill site on the Wigan/Salford border.

The company has said it intends to submit a planning application to Wigan Council and Salford City Council to extend the life of the landfill site for approximately 10 years as it has been identified in the Greater Manchester Waste Development Plan as a “Strategic” residual waste landfill facility to serve the needs of the Greater Manchester conurbation in the future. The site is currently out of use due to reduced inputs of waste from the local area, but Viridor wishes to apply through a Section 73 application to extend the operational time of the existing landfill and reclamation site, before it is restored to a natural environment, assuming tipping recommences in the future and the site is restored in accordance with the approved restoration scheme.

 The proposed application also includes the provision of a fall-back position, that in the event that landfilling has not recommenced, the site would be restored at a lower level with revised restorative proposals. This would be implemented six years from approval with restoration being completed by June 2020.

Peter Wishart, Company Planning Advisor said: “The proposed planning application is a sensible solution to meeting the needs of the local region over the next 10-15 years. Viridor’s focus on landfill is diminishing as alternative methods of waste treatment are coming online, including our own £1bn investment in Energy from Waste and associated technologies, however there will also be some need for landfill.

“The attendance and feedback from the exhibition has been very positive and supportive. We will be taking on board the comments and suggestions received before the application is finalised and submitted to the local authorities.”


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