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Waste treatment plant at Meriden Quarry to open early 2017

Solihull Editorial 22nd Jan, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A WASTE treatment plant at Meriden Quarry, which is set to open in early 2017, will process 45,000 tonnes of food, green and wood a year.

The development, off Cornets End Lane, will become the only place in the borough capable of processing food waste. The plant will also process waste water.

It will be built and operated by Beechwood Recycling and will make a major contribution to Solihull’s recycling efforts.

The much-needed plant will recover value by turning food and green waste into high quality compost.

The lack of treatment capacity in Solihull has meant the Council has had significant challenges in progressing towards its goal of reaching a 60 per cent recycling rate by 2020. It is hoped the new development will provide a major boost for the area.

The site will feature state-of-the-art composting, biomass energy and waste water treatment areas which will provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about recycling.

The renewable energy provided by the biomass plant, which will treat wood waste, will also provide sufficient power for the entire development.

A Beechwood Recycling spokesperson said this project is a huge boost for Solihull’s recycling efforts.

“It will recover value from local waste in a way which is sustainable and beneficial to the environment,” they added.

“We have been working hard over the past year to develop a proposal that delivers for the local area, and were delighted Councillors recognised this by granting planning permission.

“We are keen to get started and look forward to working for a greener Solihull.”