Three Scottish councils form partnership for new EfW facility
Three local authorities in North East Scotland have reached an agreement and will work together in the application and planning process for a new energy from waste (EfW) facility to be built in the south of Aberdeen.
Aberdeen City Council has joined forces with the councils of Moray and Aberdeenshire to push towards the acquisition of the EfW facility, which has recently been granted planning permission from Aberdeen City Council.
The secondary stage Inter-Authority Agreement was finalised on October 26 meaning further plans can now go ahead for the construction of the facility which will generate energy from municipal waste and supply the local areas with electricity.
The plans state that 150,000 tonnes of municipal waste from the three districts will be processed and treated at the EfW facility, which is expected to cost £150 million to construct and develop.
The construction work is planned to start in January 2019 and EfW operations to begin in 2021, when the Scottish government’s ban on biodegradable municipal waste going to landfill will come into effect.
The new EfW is considered essential for councils in the North East of Scotland if they expect the ban to be strictly adhered to as more than half of the municipal waste produced in throughout the area is currently sent to landfill sites.
Councillor John Cowe, of Moray council, said: “By approving the Inter-Authority agreement for the next phase, elected members have underlined the council’s commitment to this project and ultimately to the delivery of a long-term and sustainable waste solution for the north-east of Scotland.”
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