A £13m pilot waste treatment and recycling plant designed to divert significant volumes of household waste from landfill opened in Knowsley today.
The facility on Huyton Business Park in Knowsley, is claimed to be the first of its kind in the UK. It converts household and commercial waste into refined renewable biomass fuel and recyclable materials.
The plant was developed by Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority and engineering company Orchid Environmental, with support from the North West Development Agency, Envirolink Northwest and Defra.
Carl Beer, MWDA director, said: "Merseyside produces almost 700,000 tonnes of waste a year. We see this as a valuable resource and we want to recover some of that value from waste which hasn't been recycled at the kerbside.
"This is a unique demonstration project and we're confident it will prove to be an invaluable part of the overall solution – and not just for Merseyside. The entire waste management industry is eagerly awaiting results of the technology we're using."