Manvers Waste Unit - final stage

PLANS for a new waste recycling centre at Manvers have moved another step forward.

A full planning application for a unit to process household and some commercial waste for Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster boroughs has now been submitted to Rotherham Council.

As part of the planning process, people living throughout those areas will have their last chance to give their views on the proposals.

To date, the main concerns of people have been based on the number of wagons that will use local roads.

Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey has thrown his weight behind them and asked for scrutiny of the travel network, that will affect roads throughout the Dearne, including Mexborough, Conisbrough, Swinton, and Rawmarsh.

Some 300 journeys a day are estimated, and full information on this must be considered within the application.

Public consultation is a major part of the planning process and all views must be taken in to account.

The anaerobic digestion plant would be geared to process up to 265,000 tonnes of waste a year, for 25 years.

Operators 3SE (a partnership between Shanks Group plc and Scottish and Southern Energy plc) were chosen for the scheme after the councils secured £77m of funding through the PFI (Private Finance Initiative).

Solid fuel recovered at the site will go on to a yet-to-be-built multi-fuel plant next to the Ferrybridge power station, to be used to generate electricity.

Plans state: “The overall aim of the four stage process is to create material suitable for recovery and recycling, whilst stabilising the remaining fraction as a pre-treatment for landfill.

“Waste is aerated to stabilise and sanitise the material. The aerated material is then separated into seven fractions by a combination of sieving, weight separation and metal extraction.”

The scheme includes a main transfer station, a visitors’ centre, workshop and weighbridge gatehouse.