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Waste-to-energy plant gets go-ahead in Cornwall

4 Jul 2011

Cornwall Council has granted planning permission for an energy from waste (EfW) incinerator in the South West of the UK, designed by waste solutions company Sita.

The 240,000 ton scheme will have the capability to burn all waste produced in the county and provide electricity for 21,000 homes. Heat generated will also be used by the nearby China clay cutters, helping reduce the use of natural gas.

The project was originally turned down despite planners putting through a recommendation for approval. The ruling was repealed by the Secretary of State who believed the design was of distinctive high quality.

The plant was designed by architect David Butterworth who incorporated a series of curved roofs to reflect the rolling countryside in the area.

David Buckle, Sita’s head of construction, said, ‘[Butterworth’s] understanding of EfW process engineering and the approach used to create a plant design in harmony with its environment was invaluable in helping us gain approval for this facility.’

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