Grundon Waste Management Ltd has submitted its plans to West Sussex County Council for the proposed waste treatment facility at the new Circular Technology Park on the site of the former Tarmac Topblock factory in Ford.

The new facility would focus on technologies that maximise the recycling and recovery of up to 200,000 tonnes of waste resources per year, helping West Sussex County Council to meet its ‘zero waste to landfill’ target and preventing the equivalent of 28,500 tonnes of CO2 being generated each year by diverting this waste from landfill. This is comparable to the emissions of 13,000 cars being removed from the roads each year.

The application has come forward following the allocation of the site for such a waste use in the Local Plan and extensive engagement with the local community and local representatives, which saw 62% of respondents to the consultation offer full or qualified support for the proposals.

Grundon’s Estates Director Andrew Short said: “The waste industry has changed over the last few years and instead of focusing on disposal we now focus on resource recovery. This development will provide West Sussex with a sustainable alternative to landfill, helping to ensure as much of the resource as possible is fed back into the market for reuse, with the remainder providing fuel for the creation of sustainable power and heat.

“The proposed facility at the Circular Technology Park will create new jobs, both during construction and during the operational phase of the facility, will make good use of a redundant, brownfield industrial site and will generate sustainable electricity for the equivalent of 29,000 homes.”

The project website will be regularly updated throughout the course of the application and has a contact facility for the local community to ask any questions they may have.

A copy of the Environmental Summary – Non Technical Summary can be found on the web site under the Media tab.

In addition to the website a Freephone information line service is operational during office hours to respond to community enquiries: 0800 112 3540

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