Bradford gets go-ahead for new waste plant

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Bradford is officially going green as the city has been given the go-ahead to build a major waste plant in the city as part of a 25-year £300million contract.

The contract will see the plant deal with waste from Bradford and Calderdale, which produces 193,000 tonnes of waste every year. The plot which will be based at the council-owned Bowling Back Lane site, which is currently home to a household tip, will also have permission for a facility incorporating resource recovery and energy recovery technologies.

Members of the council voted to approve the plans for the ‘innovative’

centre at a meeting yesterday. It is believed that the 25-year deal will push more than 90 per cent of waste away from landfill and push up recycling rates considerably.

The green light has also given locals more job opportunities, and construction contracts are expected to be worth around £30million.

Machines at the site will extract valuable recyclable materials whilst the rest will be used to produce electricity for the national grid. It is believed this practice could generate power for 20,000 homes.

Construction will begin in Spring next year. The plant should be fully completed in Spring 2016.

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