Deadline looms for your say on waste park

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Don’t miss out on your chance to have a say on a proposed Waste Recovery Park in Milton Keynes.

The new waste treatment facility is designed to deal with rubbish from households and businesses across the borough in a sustainable way.

It’s planned to open in 2016 when it’s estimated Milton Keynes will produce around 125,000 tonnes of rubbish each year – rising due to population growth to 170,000 tonnes by 2040.

Almost half of this is already recycled, but the rest currently goes to landfill. The developer Amy Cespa aims instead to use the waste to create enough energy to power the equivalent of 11,000 homes.

Plans for the MK Waste Recovery Park, at the Old Wolverton industrial area, have been submitted. If permission is granted the facility will help the council cut its future waste management bill.

Ross McIntyre, Environment Agency Regulatory Officer for the site, said: “We would urge people to read through our draft decision and advise us of any further information or concerns which we should take into account.”

The Environment Agency’s role is to consider the environmental impacts the waste recovery and gasification facility could have on human health, air, water, land, habitats and species of animals and plants. It also looks at noise levels and energy efficiency of the plant.

> The deadline for comments on the proposal is October 30. They should be sent to psc@environment-agency.gov.uk or write to: PSC - EP Team, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield, S9 4WF.