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Community involvement urged in SITA plans to develop new waste treatment facility at Stoneyhill

Local communities in Aberdeenshire can play their part in helping to shape the future of a new resource recovery park at a series of exhibitions this month.

SITA UK is inviting people to find out more about the proposal to develop a new modern and sophisticated waste treatment facility at Stoneyhill, and is asking them to give their views on four different concept designs.

The multi-million pound site would divert waste from landfill, in line with Scotland’s Zero Waste Policy, by utilising a high tech mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility, incorporating in-vessel composting (IVC) and a gasification plant.

These would be developed adjacent to the existing Stoneyhill landfill site, which is 1.5km west of Longhaven and 7km south west of Peterhead, and would lead to the creation of approximately 200 jobs during construction and 35 permanent operational jobs.

As part of its pre-application consultation process, the company is hosting exhibitions, where local people can have their say and influence the plans.

The exhibitions will be held at:
Longhaven Hall, Longhaven, Tuesday, March 15, from 11am to 6.30pm
Red House Hotel, Aulton Road, Cruden Bay, Wednesday, March 16, noon to 8pm

Members of the public will be asked to give their opinions on the concept designs before SITA UK’s planning team finalises the proposal. A second set of exhibitions will then be held in May, at the same venues, where the final proposal will be on display.

The company is aiming to submit a planning application to Aberdeenshire Council during the first half of this year. As part of the development, SITA UK would set up the Stoneyhill Community Fund, which would offer financial assistance to worthy projects in the local community.

The company’s plans for modern, sophisticated waste treatment facilities will divert waste from landfill and recover as much value as possible from the 100,000 tonnes of residual household waste that is produced by homes in Aberdeenshire every year.

At present, Aberdeenshire produces about 150,000 tonnes of household waste a year, out of which 50,000 tonnes is sent for recycling, while the remaining 100,000 tonnes is sent to landfill.

If SITA UK’s plans are given the go-ahead, the amount of residual waste sent to landfill in the county will be reduced by about 70 per cent and enough electricity will be produced to power the equivalent of 6,000 homes.

Martin Cracknell, SITA UK’s Strategic Development Manager in Scotland, said: "The issue of how we deal with Aberdeenshire’s waste is an important one and is something that concerns everyone, so we hope as many people as possible take the trouble to come along to the exhibitions.

"We are looking forward to working with the community on our plans for the Stoneyhill Resource Recovery Park."

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