Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Cheshire MBT Plant Given Go Ahead


Cheshire West and Chester council announced on Friday they were giving the go ahead for a 200,000 tonne a year mechanical biological treatment plant at Lostock Gralam in Cheshire.

Viridor, who propose to build the plant, have scaled back the size of the planned facility from 250,000 to 200,000 tonnes a year after the initial proposal was rejected in June.

The plant will be used to treat waste from Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester councils. Once in operation, the plant will produce 130,000 tonnes-a-year of solid recovered fuel (SRF) which is planned to be sent to the incinerator at INEOS Chlor, Runcorn.

The value of the contract is expected to be around £850 million for 25 years.

We think much more could be done to improve recycling rates and reducing waste before we build these hugely expensive waste treatment facilities which create hardly any long term jobs.

Austria and Germany recycled 69% and 65% respectively in 2008, with the UK lagging behind at 35%.

There has already been an example recently where a local council broke its contract by not providing enough waste to an EFW plant. (We're they recycling too well?).

Let's take a look at this case: The waste will be turned into a waste fuel in 1 process at great expense. The waste fuel will then be taken to Runcorn to be burned in an incinerator, at further expense, and this is now cheaper than landfill!

Surely its time we reduced our waste. Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Onwards & upwards!




  1. Many thanks to Cheshire West and Chester council. Closed Loop Recyclingreally appreciate this. Thanks again...

  2. This is great news.Iknow may of these plants are unsightly but they do a fantastic and unfortunately essential job in todays world. I am amazed at how much fuel is recovered. Sad to see us down at 35% with Germany nearly twice that. The recycling issue in this country is massive and we at home are to blame.skip hire prices I think self education on this matter is the first place to start

  3. If councils opt for efw they will have to deal with the conseqences if they recycle (too) well! http://www.letsrecycle.com/do/ecco.py/view_item?listid=37&listcatid=217&listitemid=56519