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New jobs at planned waste recycling factory near Carlisle

Waste company Shanks has unveiled its plans for a £20m plant near Carlisle to process household rubbish from across north Cumbria.

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The plant should save the council £2m a year in landfill tax plus up to £5.2m a year in fines

The facility at Hespin Wood, five miles north of the city, will receive 75,000 tonnes of waste each year.

This rubbish will be dried, sorted and recycled or turned into a fuel, dramatically reducing the amount that has to be buried in landfill sites.

Shanks Waste Management’s planning application shows a treatment plant, two weighbridges, a two-storey admin block, a recycling storage building and car park.

The scheme should create 23 jobs and employ another 40 people during construction.

Once operational in 2012, the plant would attract an average of 40 heavy lorry movements each day.

All these vehicles would use the so-called “all-purpose route” parallel to the new M6 extension and not minor roads through Rockcliffe.

The plant would normally operate between 8am and 6pm Mondays to Fridays.

However, Shanks says it could function outside these times at busy periods.

The planning application also spells out in detail the treatment process.

Waste is brought in via a reception pit, then shredded and sent to a drying hall.

Drying, at a temperature of 50-60C, takes up to 15 days. Air is drawn through the waste through vents in the floor. As the waste dries, it shrinks in size by up to a quarter.

A biological filter should remove foul smells.

The dried waste is then sifted to remove recyclable items such as glass and metals and a residue that can be burned as fuel in cement kilns.

Only between eight and 15 per cent of the waste is “rejected” and has to be buried.

Shanks says it has already consulted 750 people who live within 3km of the site plus other “stakeholders” such as parish councils and Natural England.

It hopes that Cumbria County Council will grant planning consent next year.

A second treatment plant will be built near Barrow to serve south Cumbria.

Both form part of a £700m 25-year deal with the county council that aims to revolutionise the way household waste in is disposed of.

It should save the council £2m a year in landfill tax plus up to £5.2m a year in fines.

Have your say

Obviously we are in no position to speak for either Cumbria County Council or Dumfries and Galloway Council, but as you said this solution is designed to back up the Council's kerbside recycling programme. In terms of recycling the plants will recover the fraction that isn't recycled at kerbside, but primarily the resource parks will divert waste away from landfill.
If you could email I would be more than happy to pass on your concerns to the Council and to answer your questions/concerns in more detail.

Posted by Shanks Cumbria on 12 December 2008 at 12:35

Thanks for the info - I thought the stuff was burnt on site. Call me cynical but I can see the council in a few years scrapping kerb side segregation which produces well sorted materials for recycling. I've looked at the shanks site which explains exactly what happens and it does get dispose of material that would otherwise go to land fill - but it cant recover stuff to anywhere near the same quality as 'pre bin sorting.' Dumfries & galloway council already use this system - and are stopping kerbside collecting paper for recyling in 2010 - after that it will be burnt.

Posted by alan brown on 11 December 2008 at 21:20

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