Our Proposals

Viridor’s plans have been developed in response to Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils’ request to identify an alternative, sustainable waste treatment option for residual household waste. 

Our proposals

Mechanical & Biological Treatment waste facility

At the heart of Viridor’s plan is the development of a new Mechanical & Biological Treatment (MBT) waste facility at Lostock Gralam in Cheshire.  The proposal makes best use of a redundant brown-field site previously part of a local chemical works.  The MBT facility will receive the 200-230,000 tonnes of post-recycling residual waste produced by households across Cheshire every year.

The plant will recover the limited recyclable materials remaining in the waste and then manufacture a Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF).  Maximising alternative transport options, this fuel will be transported by rail from the MBT facility to a purpose-built power station at Runcorn. 

Thermal Power Plant

The Runcorn power station is also being developed by Viridor in partnership with INEOS Chlor.  This key facility has been granted planning permission and development has already begun.  The power station will receive all the fuel manufactured at the MBT and will be used to generate electricity and heat to help power the INEOS chemical works in Runcorn.  INEOS sees this sustainable power option as being key to securing the future of long term chemical production at Runcorn.

Waste Transfer Stations

The plans will also see three new waste transfer stations constructed at Ellesmere Port, Macclesfield and Crewe. The transfer stations will provide local based reception of household waste collected by the two local authorities.  Viridor will then transport the waste on to the treatment plant at Lostock Gralam ensuring efficient transport logistics.

Viridor anticipates between 50 and 60 new jobs will be created through the Lostock facility, the three transfer stations and the power station.

Viridor has started a process of public consultation on the Lostock site and intends to submit planning applications later this summer.

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