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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 February, 2005, 13:44 GMT
Kellogg's to look at waste plans
Kellogg's plant in Wrexham
Kellogg's is situated around 300 metres away from the proposed centre
Food factory bosses have employed a specialist consultant to look at plans to build a 25m recycling centre close to their Wrexham plant.

Kellogg's want an independent consultant to look into the application by HLC.

The Portuguese firm previously wanted to build a recycling centre which would house an incinerator on the town's industrial estate.

HLC shelved the proposal amid health concerns raised by residents.

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The company has said that its new proposal for a recycling centre will no longer include an incinerator.

HLC has a planning application in with Wrexham Council to build a pyrolysis and gasification plant at the former Owens Corning fibre glass factory which closed in 2002.

In a written statement Kellogg's, which is around 300 metres away from the proposed site, said: "We are currently revising the application made by HLC, and will respond accordingly.

"We have employed an independent specialist consultant to look into the application, and will study their conclusions before responding to the proposed plans."

A deadline of 21 February has been given for objections.

Under the scheme the new centre will be able to handle 160,000 tonnes of waste annually, including all Wrexham's rubbish and its annual growth of three per cent for the next 25 years.

Owens Corning sign
The waste centre would be built on land at the industrial estate

Currently, 88% of the county's waste goes to landfill and the Welsh Assembly Government has set tough new measures to reduce this figure.

The new centre would aim to recycle waste and what it could not recycle would be put through a heat treatment process.

HLC is keen to stress that this system is not the same as incineration.

Company spokeswoman Judith Harper said the scheme is about "reducing landfill and increasing recycling in the Wrexham area".

"People have asked about the impact of the proposal and we've carried out an environmental assessment," she added.

Last November Wrexham councillors voted against the original planning application.

In May a public inquiry into the waste incinerator was cancelled.

The assembly made the decision after HLC changed its application.

If the plans get the go-ahead, construction work would begin next year and the site could be fully operational by 2007.




SEE ALSO:
Incinerator plan dropped
15 Apr 03 |  North East Wales
Waste centre plans unveiled
14 Dec 04 |  North East Wales


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