October 6, 2008

Eco-Waste Treatment Plant is a Step Closer

By Gary Marks

PLANS to build a huge eco-waste treatment plant in the Midlands to halve landfill dumping and avoid millions of pounds in penalties for taxpayers have taken a big step forward.

Council environment chiefs have submitted an application for outline planning permission to provide the 'Eco Park' on industrial land at Pikehelve Street in Hill Top, West Bromwich.

Included in the scheme is a materials recovery facility for paper, glass, cans, plastics and cardboard and a composting facility for garden and food waste.

Permission is also being sought for a mechanical biological treatment plant for treating any wastes that cannot be recycled or composted.

The Eco Park is a key element in Sandwell Council's plans to meet a Government target to recycle or compost a half of all waste by 2014/15 and to slash the proportion dumped in landfill to no more than five per cent by 2020.

At the heart of the improvement plan is a proposed link-up with a partner to collect, treat and dispose of up to 200,000 tonnes of waste a year - and invest in the Eco Park.

Coun Mahboob Hussain, Sandwell's cabinet member for neighbourhoods and housing, said: "We are currently inviting potential partners to take a look at the plan."

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