Go-ahead given to Scotland’s largest AD plant

Expected to be UK, Scotland’s largest anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, recycling firm Scotwaste’s £70 million (€86.4 million) facility has been granted planning permission.

Based in Bathgate, Lothian, the plant will have the capacity to process all of West Lothian’s commercial, industrial and residential waste, and from it generate enough electricity to benefit 7,000 households.

Despite being the largest, this is not the only plant of its kind being developed in these parts. West Lothian Council is planning the construction of an AD plant in Livingston, expected to be online by Q4 2011 and Edinburgh City Council and Midlothian Council are moving forward with the erection of an incinerator, which would burn rubbish for the generation of power used to heat homes.

The increase of AD facilities in the pipeline comes after the implementation of stringent targets, which require councils to recycle 40% of their waste by the end of this year.

The plant will have the ability to process roughly 105,000 tonnes of waste annually and when operating at full capacity will produce enough electricity to power 7,000 homes and will generate enough heat for the equivalent of 9,000 homes.

‘This decision is a landmark in the drive to deliver Scotland’s zero waste strategy,’ said Colin Anderson, managing director of Banks Property Development, a partner in the project.

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