Recycling centre in £77m rubbish plan

the proposed new waste treatment site at Bolton Road, Manvers

the proposed new waste treatment site at Bolton Road, Manvers

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THIS is the building which will house the recycling centre at the centre of a £77 million plan to deal with Doncaster’s rubbish.

The artist’s impressions have been unveiled by bosses behind the waste recycling centre near Mexborough.

The facility, to be developed on a former colliery site on Bolton Road, Manvers, will consist of two plants to treat up to 265,000 tonnes per year of leftover household and some commercial waste from Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham.

It is a joint project by all three councils, working under the name BDR Waste Partnership.

The main building, called a mechanical biological treatment plant, will dry waste and recover and process other materials that can be reused, such as metals, glass, plastics, compost, stone and grit instead of sending them to landfill or burning them in an energy from waste plant.

The dried end-product will then be used to generate electricity in a multi-fuel plant at Ferrybridge.

The smaller plant will compost residues, producing renewable energy and a soil nutrient.

The firm behind the scheme, 3SE, is a partnership between Shanks Group PLC and Scottish & Southern Energy.

It says all the operations will take place indoors, with both plants using filters, which will stop smells or dust leaving the site.

Shanks spokesman Stephen Ray said: “Once operational, this facility will enable us to deal effectively with the councils’ residual waste while creating energy and re-using materials that would otherwise go to landfill.

“Burying waste in holes in the ground is no longer sustainable, as it produces methane which is 21 times more harmful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

There are also increasing financial penalties for councils which fail to meet tough new targets for reducing landfill and these costs would be borne by taxpayers.”

A series of exhibitions take place next week as part of public consultion.

The first exhibition is next Friday, from 3pm until 7.30pm at Montgomery Hall, Church Street, Wath; Mexborough Resource Centre, Dolcliffe Road, between 11am and 4.30pm on Saturday, July 16, and Dearne Advanced Learning Centre, Goldthorpe Road, between noon and 4pm on Saturday, July 23.

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