Councils’ joint rubbish plans revealed to public

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DEVELOPERS have unveiled details of a new waste treatment plant in South Yorkshire.

Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils have together contracted the 3SE company to develop a treatment plant on Bolton Road, between Bolton-upon-Dearne and Manvers, near Rotherham.

The BDR scheme, which has been in the pipeline for a decade, has sparked community fears about incineration fumes, pollution and congestion on the area’s already-choked road network. But 3SE has now said it will not build an incinerator, and instead is planning two units - a mechanical biological treatment plant and an anaerobic digestion facility.

The system will produce sustainable energy from 265,000 tonnes of household waste a year and recover any materials that can be re-used - such as metals, glass, plastic and composts. The remaining materials will be treated to produce compost.

Stephen Ray, spokesman for the developers, said: “Once operational, this facility will enable us to deal with the councils’ waste while creating energy and reusing materials that would otherwise go to landfill. Burying waste in holes in the ground is no longer sustainable.”

The plans go on display at Wath’s Montgomery Hall next Friday, July 15, at Mexborough Resource Centre on July 16, and Dearne Advanced Learning Centre on July 23.