Westbury refuse plant: Work begins

Plans for MBT plant
Image caption Wiltshire's first mechanical biological treatment (MBT) is being built in Westbury

Construction work has begun on the first refuse plant in Wiltshire to give household waste a second chance.

The mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility is designed to sort through "black bin-bag" refuse and find what can be recycled or recovered.

The £20m plant being built at Northacre in Westbury will treat up to 60,000 tonnes of household waste a year.

Hills Waste Solutions said it would reduce the proportion of waste going to landfill to less than 20%.

The MBT plant, being built by Hills, is expected to produce around 28,200 tonnes of refuse-derived fuel each year and recover 1,800 tonnes of recyclable metals.

The proportion of the county's refuse being diverted away from landfill will increase from about 63% to more than 80%.

Alan Pardoe, Hills group chairman, said he was "delighted that construction is starting on the Hills' Northacre facility".

He said: "This is a significant milestone in both the company's development and the way Wiltshire handles its household waste."

The plant is expected to be operational towards the end of summer 2013.

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