Go-ahead for Milton Keynes MBT plants

Shanks has effectively been granted planning permission for four mechanical/biological treatment plants, or "bio-MRFs", at its Bletchley landfill near Milton Keynes. Between them the facilities would be able to process some 250,000 tonnes of municipal and commercial waste per year.

In April, Milton Keynes councillors said they were "minded to approve" the application, subject to a satisfactory "section 106" planning agreement being reached with the company. This was done in October. The application is now expected to be handed back to the council by the Government Office for South East England for formal ratification.

The application also includes two traditional materials recycling facilities and composting operations. Proposals for an incinerator were dropped earlier this year (ENDS Report 340, p 18 ).

In the last two months, Shanks has gained planning permission for six similar MBT facilities in east London to help it meet a 25-year disposal contract with East London Waste Authority.

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