SITA UK has today (4 October) submitted a planning application to Perth and Kinross Council for a waste gasification plant at Binn Eco Innovation Park near Glenfarg.
The new proposal is for a 60,000 tonne per annum gasification facility that will treat municipal waste and small amounts of business waste, and use it to generate enough electricity to heat and light the equivalent of almost 8,000 homes. As part of the process, metals can also be removed and recycled.
Since the company submitted a Proposal of Application Notice in May, recycling and resource management company SITA UK has conducted a series of public consultation events with local residents, as well as liaising with local community councils
If Perth and Kinross Council grants planning permission and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) award an authorisation to operate, the gasification facility will replace plans for a 60,000 tonne per annum energy from waste incineration facility, which was granted permission by Perth and Kinross Council in September 2007.
The proposal forms part of wider plans to develop the Binn Eco Innovation Park. Led by Binn Skips Ltd, the park would also include other sustainable waste treatment facilities and clean technology businesses.
Martin Cracknell, Strategic Development Manager for SITA UK in Scotland, said: "There is a real need for new waste management facilities in Perth and Kinross and I believe that the proposals contained in our planning application can provide a solution to the area’s waste management needs for years to come whilst also meeting the impending challenges of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan.
"I would like to thank everyone who attended our community engagement sessions and gave us their feedback. We have taken all of the comments on board and hope that we have managed to address any questions that were raised as part of our consultation with local community members. We received some very positive feedback on our plans and we will continue to have an open dialogue with local communities throughout the remaining stages of the application process."
He added: "Gasification is emerging as an effective way to manage waste at a community scale, recovering energy from residual waste that would traditionally have been landfilled and helping to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels."
In a separate move to the planning application for the gasification facility, SITA UK has also written to Perth and Kinross Council informing that it is intending to apply for a delay to the end date for operations at Binn Farm’s landfill site. This is due to increased recycling and reduced waste inputs at the site.
The landfill site at Binn Farm currently has planning permission to operate until 2014 and SITA UK is intending to ask for permission to operate until 2018.