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New recycling plant approved for the outskirts of Preston

Written by on January 27, 2021

A new recycling plant on the outskirts of Preston will help maximise the reuse of plastic from waste electrical appliances.

The facility, on the Roman Way Industrial Estate, has been given the go-ahead by Lancashire County Council’s development control committee.

It will separate items produced prior to 2009 – which could include hazardous waste materials known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) – from more modern equipment.

Goods containing POPs over a certain level have to be destroyed by incineration rather than recycled.

However, appliances can often be made from a mixture of plastics, with some parts featuring POPs – which are used as fire retardants – and others not. Without separation, the entire item has to be incinerated when it is disposed of.

The new plant will carry out that sortation process – although any waste found to require incineration will be sent elsewhere to be burned.

Businesses located close to the facility have been told that there will be no repeat of the problems which have dogged the site for the last 18 months, during which it has been used for the storage of general plastic from household waste – some of which was tipped in outside yard areas.

Committee members were told that the operation of the plot for this purpose resulted in ”issues with flies, odours and waste blowing over roads and grassed areas”.

However, no external areas will be used for storage as part of the new operation to be undertaken by 3R Technology UK Limited – and the plastic accepted will be solely from electrical appliances.

“The impacts of this plant would be well-contained within the building and it should have a much more limited impact on the surrounding units in the area,” said Jonathan Haine, principal planning officer at County Hall.

The plant will operate 24 hours a day during the week, but deliveries will be restricted to between 7am and 11pm. Operations and deliveries will end at 6pm on Saturdays, with no work on Sundays or bank holidays.

A condition requires roller shutters at the plant to remain closed at all times, except when deliveries are taking place, in order to minimise noise from the site being experienced by the nearest residential properties, which are 350 metres away on Longridge Road.