In 2007 Global Renewables was awarded a contract worth £2bn over 25 years to process the household waste of 1.4m people in Lancashire in the North of England.
Driven by the increasing costs and environmental damage of landfill, the contract required the construction of two Waste Recovery Parks at Farington and Thornton at an overall cost of £234M.
Each Waste Recovery Park can process up to 170,000 tonnes of Residual Household Waste into a high quality Organic Growth Media OGM.
The sites were located away from densely populated areas and only process materials for 14 hours a day, however environmental issues around odour, air quality and noise were key concerns to local residents.
As a consequence the planning consent for each Waste Recovery Park required that the sound level at the site boundary from site operations should not to exceed 50dB(A) for 30 minutes during the day and 50dB(A) for 15 minutes at night.
- Next >>