Why the Facility is Needed

Viridor’s proposal has been developed to meet the strategic waste needs of Cheshire over the next 25 years by recycling as much as possible, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and through recovering as much energy as possible.

In the UK, the Government has set all local councils strict targets to increase waste recycling and reduce the use of landfill.  Cheshire already has one of the best recycling records in the North West thanks to the efforts of residents across the county.   However, 200 – 230,000 tonnes of residual waste currently produced by Cheshire each year are still being sent straight to landfill.   Residual waste is the remaining waste that is left after recyclable materials have been removed for re-use or recycling.

The proposed MBT waste facility at Lostock Gralam will help Cheshire to maximise its recycling performance and to use residual waste in a more sustainable way, for example to generate renewable energy.  Importantly, it will help Cheshire to meet its legal obligations to significantly reduce the use of landfill.

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