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Major waste-handling projects advance in Fife and North Lanarkshire

Words: Roger Milne
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Two major energy-from-waste (EfW) projects made progress this week with proposals for one submitted to North Lanarkshire Council while a slightly smaller scheme obtained detailed planning permission from Fife Council.

The larger of the two proposals involves an EfW plant that FCC Environment is now proposing to develop at its Greengairs landfill site – Scotland's largest – located between Airdrie and Cumbernauld.

This scheme, called the Drumgray Energy Recovery Centre, will be designed to handle up to 300,000 tonnes of household and business waste a year, and will be able to export 25.5 megawatts of electricity to the grid, as well as possibly supplying heat to local homes and businesses.

A new masterplan for the landfill site is now being considered by the council.

Meanwhile, Brockwell Energy has revealed that it is in advanced negotiations to build a 220,000-tonne EfW facility in Fife now it has obtained full planning permission for the project. It will be located at Westfield on the site of a huge former opencast coal mine.

Both plants will help to meet the Scottish Government’s objective to end the landfilling of biodegradable waste in line with its ‘zero waste’ strategy.

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