ANOTHER waste treatment plant, which turns rubbish into methane gas, could be built near Ivybridge.
AAD (South West) Ltd is proposing an alternative waste and resource treatment facility.
It is the fourth waste treatment facility to be planned for the area with the Devon Waste Partnership proposing an incinerator at Devonport, Viridor hoping to build an incinerator at New England Quarry, near Lee Mill, and SUST-N, a local company, trying to find a greener waste solution with a Material Recovery Facility.
This fourth proposal is to develop a sustainable waste and resource treatment facility at the site of Imerys Minerals Ltd at Lee Moor.
The AeroThermal Group Ltd is proposing to construct an Advanced Anaerobic Digestion facility, which incorporates autoclave and anaerobic digestion.
This AAD plant will be a modern waste treatment processing facility that separates out materials for recycling, generates energy, and produces a soil conditioner. The compost-like material produced by the process will be used at the nearby Imerys Minerals Ltd Lee Moor China Clay workings as part of their ongoing restoration programme.
Commenting on the proposal, the AeroThermal Groups Ltd’s Commercial Director, Tristan Lloyd-Baker, said: ‘Our £9 million investment will create 22 long-term, skilled jobs for local people. In addition the facility will divert up to 75,000 tonnes of waste from landfill every year thereby avoiding harmful methane emissions and providing a facility to enable local businesses to maximise landfill diversion.’