The Benefits

In addition to improving waste management across Cheshire and maximising the efficiency and effectiveness of this service for all users, the proposal has a number of other benefits to the community.

These include:

  • If successful, our proposals will create between 50-60 jobs at the Mechanical Biological Treatment plant, the three Waste Transfer Stations and the Thermal Power Station.
  • Many more temporary jobs will be created during construction of the facility, which is expected to take around two years.
  • Goods and services used during construction and operation of the facility will be bought locally where possible, providing support to local businesses.
  • Re-generation of the site will enhance the area by re-using derelict brown-field land and will feature environmental improvements such as landscaping and habitats to encourage nature conservation.
  • Viridor intends to build strong waste education and awareness programmes through a waste education & visitor centre at the MBT site.
  • The proposals will help provide renewable energy to local industry replacing reliance on fossil fuel sources and helping protect an important local employer from fluctuations in energy prices.

Education
In the UK, the Government has set all local councils strict targets to increase waste recycling and reduce the use of landfill.  The UK currently has one of the highest rates of landfill use in Europe, and this has to change.  

As a society, we need to change our attitudes and behaviours to waste by:

  • reducing the amount of waste we generate;
  • recycling more of the waste we do produce;
  • finding alternative uses for the waste that cannot be recycled.


Along with the rest of the UK, Cheshire faces a challenge to prevent waste arising in the first place, as well as maximising levels of recycling. Effective education and awareness programmes and resources can help encourage people to recycle more and to prevent waste.   

Viridor would help to build on strong waste education and awareness programmes and campaigns developed by Cheshire County Council. Our proposed Waste Education and Visitor Centre at the Mechanical Biological Treatment plant would be an exciting resource to provide additional focus in this area. We would also work with the authorities to develop a complementary range of online and printed resources, providing clear and empowering information for residents.

Education Cheshire

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