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29 April 2010
Councillors and officials from the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils recently visited the new Shanks and Scotgen energy from waste treatment facilities being used to treat all the waste collected by Dumfries and Galloway Council.
Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian also invited representatives of Danderhall Community Council, two of which attended the visit. The purpose of the study tour was to increase understanding of how residual waste facilities operate by seeing two working examples of different technologies that can be used to divert waste from landfill and use waste as a resource.
The first plant visited is called an Ecodeco facility, also know as a Mechanical Biological Treatment facility. Here waste is shredded into small pieces, things like metal, glass and stones are separated off for recycling, and what's left is dried out over a period of time to be used as a fuel. This dry material, mainly plastic and paper, then goes on to the other facility; an energy from waste plant based on gasification. Here it is turned to ash at high temperatures and the energy is used to produce electricity. This facility is relatively new and is still being commissioned.
All who attended the visit agreed it was a very useful trip; whilst these are just two of many different examples of these types of technologies available it gave the group a good understanding of the bigger ideas behind it.
Richard Moffat, General Manager, Frontline Services at Midlothian Council, said; "I am very pleased we were able to go along and visit the facilities in Dumfries to build on the knowledge we've gained so far. It was also a good opportunity to give members of the Community Council an opportunity to see first hand how these facilities can operate successfully within a local community."
A residual waste treatment project is being carried out jointly by the two Councils who are about to apply for planning permission in principle for a site near Millerhill in Midlothian. Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian, who are carrying out the project, welcome contact from local groups and individuals. More details can be found at www.zerowastefuture.com