Grangemouth considers wet oxidation plant to solve waste crisis

Local authorities and chemical companies in Grangemouth are considering investing in a jointly owned wet air oxidation plant to solve the growing problem of waste disposal in the area. The local landfill site is leaking and has only a few years capacity remaining, while waste production is set to increase despite waste reduction measures.

The current crisis can be traced back to a decision by the then Nature Conservancy Council to designate 75 acres of Kinneil Kerse landfill a Site of Special Scientific Interest. This extended the area of protected mud flats on the shores of the Firth of Forth, noted for its bird life, but reduced the life expectancy of the area's major landfill site to only seven years.

The landfill dates back to the 1920s and is an extreme example of the

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