Hi-tech Recycling Plant in Darwen
Plans to build a Â£300 million hi-tech recycling plant in Darwen has been announced.
19:16 30 January 2019
SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK has revealed plans to build a £300million state-of-the-art recovery centre in Darwen. The facility, which will turn millions of black bin bags and their contents into steam and electricity, is expected to create 50 new jobs.
Cllr Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council regeneration boss, said: “If this application is approved, it will bring new jobs, many skilled, to the town. It would put Darwen at the centre of modern recycling technology
"It will be a major boost for the borough and have a beneficial environmental impact by reducing the amount of waste going to landfill"
SUEZ chief executive David Palmer-Jones said: “The company has strong links to Lancashire and we are delighted to put forward a proposal that would see us continuing to significantly invest in the area, provide a huge boost to the local economy and help reduce the region's reliance on landfill.”
The new plant will be designed to process 500,000 tonnes of waste each year, equivalent to more than 70m black bin bags. The incinerated non-recyclable rubbish will produce power that would be sold to the National Grid and nearby businesses.