Viridor submits Pilsworth extension plans

Waste management firm Viridor has submitted a planning application to Bury Council for a proposed vertical and lateral extension at the Pilsworth South landfill site.

Viridor held a two-day public consultation and separate stakeholder briefing presentation at Pilsworth Power Plant Education Centre in November.

Viridor added that fairly low levels of interest was shown from local residents and a site community liaison meeting held on 24 November at Pilsworth South also encountered low attendance levels.

The firm said Pilsworth South is an important strategic minerals and waste disposal site serving Bury and the wider Greater Manchester area.

Pilsworth South is currently identified in a Greater Manchester waste development plan document as a future strategic waste disposal site to serve the Greater Manchester area. Through capture of methane gas, Viridor said the site currently produces 3.5MW of renewable power which is sent to the national grid.

In order to continue to provide non-hazardous waste disposal in Greater Manchester over the waste development plan period, Viridor said additional capacity is required at Pilsworth South landfill to meet an identified need.

Viridor proposes to modify the existing planning consent at the Pilsworth South landfill site to accommodate an additional 1.8 million m3 of landfill capacity, which is required to provide a disposal route for non-recyclable residual waste. This will extend the operational period of the facility by approximately four and a half to five years based on an agreed throughput as controlled by the site's environmental permit.

  • For further information or for details on joining the community liaison group, call Hannah Kirkpatrick on 01204 374 232 or email

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