Waste

Eco Park receives planning permission


Plans to create an Eco Park to help treat Surrey’s waste and generate green electricity were given planning permission today.(MARCH 9)

The development, at Charlton Lane in Shepperton, will help Surrey County Council towards achieving its aim of eliminating the use of landfill, which costs Surrey taxpayers £600,000 a month in taxes alone and damages the environment.

The Eco Park will deal with 40,000 tonnes of food waste and 60,000 tonnes of household rubbish a year* in a more environmentally friendly way, as well as generating enough electricity to power thousands of homes.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “The Eco Park will help us to treat food and household waste in a more cost effective and environmentally friendly way, while generating green electricity from rubbish that can’t be recycled.

“It will reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill which currently costs around £600,000 a month in taxes alone. By reducing the amount of waste that is buried in the ground we’ll reduce the amount of greenhouses gases produced.”

Members of Surrey County Council’s planning committee approved the Eco Park application from waste contractor SITA Surrey during a meeting at County Hall today.

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Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk

Notes to editors

* The Eco Park will feature a batch oxidisation gasification facility and an anaerobic digester alongside the site’s current recycling centre, which will be further improved.

Batch oxidisation gasification involves heating waste to produce a gas which is then combusted to produce heat and steam. This is used to produce electricity.

Anaerobic digestion is a process in which biodegradable material, such as food waste, is broken down by micro-organisms in sealed, airtight containers in the absence of oxygen. The process produces biogas which is converted into electricity. A material is left over which can be used instead of artificial fertilisers and peat.

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